Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Henry Netherland

Funding emergency functions at local fire departments


January 28, 2021

Henry Netherland, Pathfinder

The new exhaust system that was installed in the Seeley Lake Fire Station 1 was purchased through a nearly $75,000 grant in 2019.

MISSOULA COUNTY - Residents have publicly questioned Seeley Lake Rural Fire District's methods of garnering revenue at fire board meetings since the District voted to charge for fire and accident response in July, 2019. Some have also compared fees charged between Seeley's services and Swan Valley's. 

Even though both fire districts operate in Missoula County, comparing them is like comparing apples to oranges. Property owners within the District pay an annual tax for fire service based on property value and are charged a fee if they use the service. Swan Valley residents pay an annual fla...

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