Jennings, Mo. (KMOV) –Jennings Residents are being asked to voice their opinion on whether their firefighters will continue working for the city or if their new employer will be nearby Riverview Gardens.
Benjamin Sutphin, the Mayor of Jennings, said that if the fire department merges it would save the city nearly $700,000 a year.
“It’s taxpayers money. Just like the city operates on taxpayers money. I’m not going to tell you that there will not be an increase to the property owners. It will. It will cost the property owners $2 to $300 per year over the city”, said Sutphin.
If voters approve the measure, Riverview would receive a new fire truck. City leaders told News 4 the city would save money, and be protected by a larger fire department. Firefighters said they strongly support the measure.
Residents will get to vote on Proposition R August 5. Jennings is holding two town hall meetings at Jennings’ City Hall Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. City hall is located at 2120 Hord Avenue. For more information on the meetings, click here.