Fire Chief Says Public Safety Referendum Is A “Need” Not A “Want”

With the spring primary election in the rear-view mirror, focus now shifts to the April general election, and one of the items voters in the City of Fond du Lac will make their voices heard on in April is a public safety referendum. The referendum asks voters to approve exceeding the levy limit to add six additional firefighter/paramedics for Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue, and six additional full-time officers to Fond du Lac Police. Fire Chief Peter O’Leary explains that the issue is a “need” and not a “want” for both departments.   

“We’re trying our best to bring our agencies, staffing-wise, where they need to be so we can continue to provide the level and quality of services that the people in this community not only expect of us, but they deserve it, as well”  

The referendum carries a price tag of around $1.3 million and would add about 43 cents to the city’s mill rate per thousand dollars of property value.   

Election day is April 6th.