Donaldsonville voters approve fire district 5 mills renewal


Donaldsonville Fire Station rendering, provided by Domain.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, City of Donaldsonville voters approved the renewal of the 5 mills property tax. Nearly 89 percent voted yes.

The revenue will support the construction of a new Donaldsonville Fire Station. It also provides financial sustainability for fire personnel training and equipment.

The new station would cover a total of 9,523 square feet.

Fire Chief James McDonald has said the current location is too small for the department’s needs, and the structure dates back to the 1960s.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SHORTAGE: “We need more volunteers,” said Donaldsonville Fire Chief James McDonald at the City Council meeting Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

The fire department usually prefers to have 12 to 14 firefighters respond to a structure fire, McDonald stated.

Over recent weeks, two structure fires - at Dville Village Apartments and on Evangeline Drive - had under 12 responders.

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