That relationship is being strained as a result of the recent Boise City annexation of about 600 Eagle Fire District patrons into the city of Boise. The move will cost the Eagle FD about $100,000 in lost revenues. The area in question is roughly bordered by State Street, Hill Road, Horseshoe Bend Road, and Bogart Lane.
The strain comes with Eagle FD having two stations within little over a mile away from the current coverage area. Under most circumstances, the closest station responds to emergency calls, regardless if jurisdiction. This “mutual aid” tends to even out in the long run.
However, with Boise taking over the revenue stream from Eagle, its a bit of a slap in the face to ask Eagle to continue as “first responders” after taking away their income.
No doubt Boise will be looking at a new station to serve the urban sprawl created by the annexation. In the meantime it will be interesting to see if Boise offers up some cash to Eagle after nearly doubling the taxes of the residents to be annexed.
Ironically, the folks in the center of the annexation don’t want to be citizens of Boise and have testified in opposition to the forced acquisition of their area into Boise City.
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