Salem voters reject proposed dues increase for fire department

Salem voters reject proposed dues increase for fire department
(Source: KATV)
(Source: KATV)
(Source: KATV)
(Source: KATV)

SALEM, AR (KAIT) - Voters in Central Arkansas have rejected a proposal to add two members to the Salem Fire District.

The district held a special election on Tuesday. Fire Chief Gil Carpenter told KATV the proposal failed.

According to KATV, the fire department has 25 volunteer firefighters serving the 5,550 members of the Salem community near Benton, Arkansas.

The department proposed raising dues to hire two paid people on the staff.

"The dues are currently $50 for a house, $75 for a business, and $150 for a big business. The dues will double. If you are paying $50 a year, it will go to $100," Carpenter told KATV.

Ultimately, the majority of voters did not want the increase in their dues and voted down the proposal.

For more information on this story, including why some opposed in the proposed increase, click here.

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