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Sixty percent needed to pass Brooke County Fire Levy

Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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BROOKE COUNTY - The Brooke County Fire Levy is one that would continue to provide funding for critical services to the public.
It would continue to provide around $371,000 for five years with the money going to 11 volunteer department companies throughout the county.
Fire department leaders said the fire levy is a vital source of funding, and it helps them to continue to provide services to the citizens of Brooke County.
 "The volunteer fire departments that we have in Brooke County, they are some of the most dedicated people that you will see any walk of life for a profession," Brooke County Commissioner Tim Ennis said. "And these guys are volunteers and women; they are out on calls all hours of the night."
The levy would continue to provide funds to maintain fire trucks, purchase equipment, pay insurance and more.
Ennis said one reason it is important is because worker's compensation rates alone take up most of fire department's levy money.
"The fire levy is very important to us," McKinleyville Fire Chief John Williams said. "Without the current fire levy, it wouldn't let us operate. It helps us on a day-to-day basis. It helps us pay our worker comp, our insurance, and our utility bills. It also helps us buy our needed equipment."
All of these day-to-day costs are meant to help fire departments continue to serve the community like they do.
"It could be detrimental to the community," Williams said. "I mean a lot of the departments, smaller departments, such as (ours) , it could be detrimental where a lot of us would probably trying to find other means of income or forcing us to shut down."
Sixty percent of voters must say yes in order for the levy to pass.

Sixty percent needed to pass Brooke County Fire Levy


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