On May 22, village and town boards will invite residents to weigh in on whether they want to see Victor Fire Department and Fishers Fire District join forces officially, taking their existing day-to-day collaboration to the next level.
Residents will also have to decide if they want to share some of the tax burden Fishers residents have shouldered thus far on their own.
Village trustees and Town Board members met Monday to set a May 22 joint public hearing to gain public input on the possible formation of a joint town-wide, village-wide fire district. If approved, the Victor Fire Department, Inc., would continue to be staffed by volunteers, and the 16 firefighters employed by Fishers Fire District would cover the entire town and village.
A single commission would govern, levy taxes, and pay the bills for the three entities providing fire protection: Victor Fire, Fishers, and the Fishers career staff.