Fire chief pushes for voters to pass sales tax

Fire chief pushes for voters to pass sales tax
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - The Trumann fire chief hopes residents will vote yes for a citywide one-cent sales tax in September, saying it can be huge for the fire department.

Fire Chief Revis Kemper said a key piece of equipment needs to be replaced, and they want to get a lower ISO rating but cannot do either if the sales tax does not pass.

"The sales tax is for the entire city," Kemper said. "It will go into general funding, and then the money will be disbursed where needed."

For the fire department, the ladder truck is 45 years old and needs to be replaced soon.

Kemper said they constantly have to pour money into it for repairs.

The city's ISO rating is a 4 and Kemper's goal is to get a 3 ranking.

"It would lower the homeowners' insurance rates for everyone in the city," Kemper said. "That will require hiring additional manpower as well as replacing the truck."

He said the fire department alone could save the citizens in Trumann money.

"I hope it passes," Kemper said. "It could be a game changer for the fire department. It could be huge for us as a department and as a city as a whole."

Without the tax, Kemper said they cannot move forward.

"Without the sales tax, it's a possibility that our ISO rating could go up in the future and it could cost us money in the long run," Kemper said.

The city is holding a special election on September 13 for voters to decide on the sales tax increase.

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