Anderson County Fire Department looking for tax increase to fund new equipment,


The Anderson County Fire Department is looking to increase the tax rate in order to help fund the purchase of new equipment and replace old firetrucks throughout the county. Anderson County Fire Chief Jimmy Sutherland says the additional funding would come from an increase of about $2 per $100,000 household.”The fire system is going to suffer in the long run if we don’t get it,” Sutherland said. “We got some more trucks, we got some that’s 30 years old some are 20 years old and we’re going to start replacing them.”Sutherland says that this increase would be the first in 33 years for the Anderson County Fire Department, and adds that the funding must keep up with the growing population and growing call demand for county firefighters. However, not all county firefighters are on board with the passing of the referendum. Asst. Chief David Cothran of the Centerville Fire Department says he opposes the tax increase, citing a lack of comprehensive planning and direction for where the additional $2 million dollars a year will go. “If this money is going to help the fire departments in a way that we can understand and would agree with then we would get on board with it as well,” Cothran said.The people of Anderson County will cast their votes Tuesday, May 18. Chief Sutherland encourages anyone with questions regarding the tax increase to call the Anderson County Fire Department.

The Anderson County Fire Department is looking to increase the tax rate in order to help fund the purchase of new equipment and replace old firetrucks throughout the county. Anderson County Fire Chief Jimmy Sutherland says the additional funding would come from an increase of about $2 per $100,000 household.

“The fire system is going to suffer in the long run if we don’t get it,” Sutherland said. “We got some more trucks, we got some that’s 30 years old some are 20 years old and we’re going to start replacing them.”

Sutherland says that this increase would be the first in 33 years for the Anderson County Fire Department, and adds that the funding must keep up with the growing population and growing call demand for county firefighters.

However, not all county firefighters are on board with the passing of the referendum.

Asst. Chief David Cothran of the Centerville Fire Department says he opposes the tax increase, citing a lack of comprehensive planning and direction for where the additional $2 million dollars a year will go.

“If this money is going to help the fire departments in a way that we can understand and would agree with then we would get on board with it as well,” Cothran said.

The people of Anderson County will cast their votes Tuesday, May 18.

Chief Sutherland encourages anyone with questions regarding the tax increase to call the Anderson County Fire Department.



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