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ARIZONA CITY — The Arizona City Fire District board has a vacant seat following Steve Ross’s resignation due to moving out of the district.

During Monday’s regular meeting, the board heard a report on the board’s opening and also briefly discussed the budget for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year, which will include an increase in funds due to recent annexations increasing the size of the district.

Fire Chief Jeff Heaton told the board that this year’s operating budget is about $1.4 million and that an increase in net assessed value is likely to provide an increase of roughly $68,000.

“That’s a step in a positive direction,” Heaton said. “When many districts are losing money, we’re actually gaining and that’s really good for us. This is just a first presentation, kind of food for thought of where we’re at right now.”

Board Chairman Tim McCain added that the district is nearly done paying off its building with the final payment coming in June.

“For the 2020-2021 budget, we will no longer be paying on the building, so that’s $120,000 that we no longer have to spend out of our budget every year,” McCain said. “It will come back into our budget and we’ll be able to use it for other purposes.”

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