We are asking for your help in passing a new tax levy for emergency and rescue crews and equipment purposes and have an additional tax of 0.10% of the equalized assessed value of a property. Below is an example of what the ballot will look like.

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The District is asking for the first tax referendum in over 20 years! The Oswego Fire Protection District does not see funding from villages served and requires levies such as this to continue to provide the excellent level of care our citizens deserve. This tax levy is only for a 0.1% increase.


  • Replace aging apparatus at end of service life

  • Replace outdated emergency equipment

  • Attract, train and retain qualified first responders

  • Add firefighter/paramedic staff to bring fourth full-time Ambulance into service 24/7/365

How Much Will This Cost Me?

Using the average price home in Oswego being $300,000 that would be an increase of $100. on your tax bill.

How Does This Benefit My Family?

  • Improve response times

  • Maintain emergency services

  • Ensure reliability of equipment and apparatus

  • Improve safety of first responders

  • Strengthen recruitment of first responders and reduce future turnover

  • Improve District’s ISO (insurance services office) to reduce insurance premiums for homeowners

How Has The District Cut Costs?

  • The District has been successful in receiving over $1,000,000 in private, state, and federal grants!

  • The District has secured over $700,000 in government surplus equipment.

  • The District operates their own vehicle services program which saves more than $350,000 each year in labor costs alone.

What Happens If This Referendum Fails?

  • As call volumes continue to rise, response times will increase

  • Cost of commercial and residential insurance could increase due to a drop in the Fire Districts ISO (insurance services office) rating

  • Aging apparatus and equipment will exceed service life, which will increase maintenance cost and vehicle down time

  • Without proper funding, it is difficult to attract, train, and retain qualified Firefighters/Paramedics

How Can I Help?

Please spread the word! Share on your social media pages, tell friends, and encourage everyone to reach out to the Fire District, Oswego Firefighters Local #4773, and The Friends of Oswego Fire with any and all questions regarding this referendum. We know people have questions and are excited to answer them!

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Friends of Oswego Fire

Supporting Those Who Support Us

Friends of Oswego Fire was created to bring information and awareness to fire department activities, current services, and as a way to connect us in the community to OUR Fire Department. We are currently asking for your support in VOTING YES for the Rescue Tax on November 8th. You will find information throughout this website to help understand what our fire protection district does for us as well as why it is so important that we continue to support them on November 8th, 2022.