Vote for Fire Fee in One Local Town Could Mean Big Changes

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Firefighters in one local county are hoping a vote will pass that many believe will help keep their community safe.

A few extra cents a day could mean the difference between life and death for residents.

It’s a remarkable sound to many who have needed its assistance, but with the economic changes and little to no funding, running a volunteer fire department is becoming harder and harder to keep up.

Volunteer Firefighter Wayne Stell said, "As the time changes with the fire service your equipment changes also, and by having that money it'll help keep up with the time changes to purchase new equipment."

Wayne Stell has been a volunteer firefighter at the Clayton Fire Department for eight years and is hoping a soon-to-be vote for a fire prevention fee on the fifth of February will pass. "I'm looking forward to hoping this tax and everything will go through so we can purchase some new equipment that we need,” he said. “To just help benefit us with stuff we need and everything to help the community and the town."

The fee will go towards residents and business owners living outside the city limits of Eufaula.

Homeowners will pay $30 dollars a year while business owners will have to pay $75. And, some say that's a small price to pay to ensure the safety of firefighters and community members.

Mike Stell, with the Greens Crossroad Fire Department said, "It breaks down to $30 dollars per year; breaks down to eight cents a day for a house and 21 cents a day for a business."

Stell also says the fee will generate about $220,000 dollars each year, which he thinks covers the main priority of keeping people safe.

The vote for the fee will be open to the public February 5th.

If approved, it is hoped to go into effect immediately.

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