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Quorum court passed local fire fee increase

POINSETT COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The Central Fire Protection District reached out to the Poinsett County Quorum Court for fire fees to be increased for county residents.

The ordinance was passed Monday night, increasing annual fire fees by $20.

Chief Joey Craig said the district has not seen an increase in fees since 2000.

Craig said the goal is to lower their ISO rating.

He said more funding leads to better service, which can eventually save residents more money on insurance.

Cole Gillentine is a Harrisburg resident and unlike some people he supports the fee increase.

“I understand that the fire department needs a little bit more money to get by with the equipment that they need,” Gillentine said. “The $35 pay we have to do now isn't too bad. With the increase we'll do whatever we need so that the fire department can have what they need to come take care of us.”

Chief Craig said the increase became effective immediately for residents living within that fire district in the county.

The annual fees went from $35 to $55.

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