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HOLDEN - A fire protection district could shut down in Livingston Parish if voters strike down a tax renewal in Holden.

Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 10 Chief Warren Stewart says the district would miss out on $172,000 each year if the tax renewal fails to pass. That's money used for day-to-day operations like insurance, equipment and fuel.

Stewart says the district would use what money is left in the bank until it's gone.

"Once that would run out, then we would more than likely have to turn the electric off to the building and go ahead and close the doors," he said.

Stewart says around 20 volunteer firefighters in the Holden area respond to between 300 and 400 calls each year. Without a fire district in the area Holden's fire class rating would jump from four to ten, according to Stewart. That means homeowners would see higher insurance rates, but Stewart says the biggest concern is having no protection from fires.

"You know we always want to know that someone's going to be able to come out and help if you ever call for help," said Stewart. "So it's a tremendous asset having local people that are there willing to get up in the middle of the night and respond to the calls."

The tax renewal will be on the ballot on Dec. 6.



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