Alleged mismanagement of Monarch Fire District sparks taxpayer i -

Alleged mismanagement of Monarch Fire District sparks taxpayer ire

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

( -- Frustrations are at a boiling point over how tax dollars were spent by the Monarch Fire Protection District.

The troubled department got an earful Thursday from a taxpayer watchdog group.

The district, which covers Creve Coeur to Chesterfield and Wildwood has been plagued with accusations of mismanagement for some time.

New staff has been brought in, but the sins of the past are still landing on the taxpayers.

The testy words were exchanged as concerned taxpayers expressed anger over the skyrocketing costs of worker’s compensation insurance rates that are among the highest in the state- totally $1.2 million dollars. The total nearly doubled in five years and weighed heavy on taxpayers.

However in recent years, the district has shown signs of getting back on its financial feet.

New leaders are now in place and worker’s compensation claims and overtime among firefighters have dropped dramatically.

Worker’s comp rates are calculated every three years, so as long as the district keeps moving in the right direction, the taxpayer anger may finally ease.

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