With commission approval in hand and their resolution on file with the county election board, volunteer fire departments in Pontotoc County can now officially begin their push for passage of a three-sixteenths-cent sales tax.
If approved by voters in the Nov. 6 general election, the tax would provide an estimated $40,000 per year to each of the 14 fire departments in the county with the same amount going to Call-A-Ride and county-owned nutrition centers. Oil Center chief Marty Duncan said Wednesday the added funding is critical, not only to fire departments in the county but to residents as well.
“We work on such a low budget right now that all we can do is maintain where we’re at,” Duncan said. “Our engine in our department is a 1972 model. It will not pass a pump test. We don’t have the money to put into it to make it pass a pump test, which certifies that it can safely put out the water needed to put out a structure fire.
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