Town looks to creative funding to fund public safety

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
The Kennett Fire Department remained hopeful leading up to the general election that a proposed 1 cent sales tax would pass; however, the majority of residents voted against it.

Mayor Bob Hancock told KAIT Tuesday it is time to bite the bullet and address the needs of the citys public safety and find other avenues to generate funding.

The public safety tax did not pass, which has an effect on the city's fire department. 
For some time, they have desperately needed infrastructure work and new equipment.

It may cost us more money in maintenance to keep a car or a fire engine or weapons or fire hoses, whatever it is, Kennett Fire Chief John Mallott said. We may have to see how to make the life of that equipment longer which means you may not have the quality of equipment to work with in the future.

Mallott said their hope now is to turn to creative financing in order to repair their fire station that is falling apart.
He said none of this can be done without the funding.
Mallott believes the public safety funding is already down $200,000 from where it was last year.
Because of this, the city could have to cut services.

We are going to look and see how we can continue what services are vital and what services were maybe where additional services that we provided that now maybe now is the time to look at it and say we no longer can afford to do that, Mallott said.

None of this comes as a threat to the community, according to Mallott. He said they are thankful for the residents participation in exercising their rights to vote.

As far as which services could be cut in the future, Mallott said the city would have to sit down and prioritize services.

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