At the request of the citizens and through actions taken by the Madison County Board of Commissioners, a referendum was placed on the general election ballot to allow for the creation of a “Leicester Fire District.”  This district would be comprised within a specific geological region of Madison County that bordered a portion of the Leicester Fire District within Buncombe County.

The referendum passed favorably, with the tax rate being set at the Fire Department’s current level of $0.10 per one hundred dollars of property evaluation.