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Residents relieved about fire tax renewal

4 years 11 months 3 days ago Monday, May 04 2015 May 4, 2015 May 04, 2015 9:08 AM May 04, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ambria Washington, Caroline McDougall

HOLDEN - Residents in Livingston made it clear that they want to keep their fire department running after voters chose to renew a 11.1 millage tax for another ten years.

A whopping ninety-two percent of residents in Holden approved the tax on Saturday in order to save their District 10 Fire Department. It's the same tax that failed in the hands of voters just a year ago.

For residents like Mary Gordon, a yes on the ballot meant no more heartache. Gordon says she lost her home back the 80's when there was no fire department and believes having it keeps her town from burning to the ground.

"It was a total lost," said Mary Gordon. "We had to start from the ground up if there had been a fire department in Holden possibly our house could have been saved."

The approved renewal will allow 172,000 dollars to continue to flow into the hands of the fire department, cooling off burdensome bills such as maintenance, operation and insurance expenses.

Fire Chief Warren Stewart says this time he wanted to cut the confusion and give voters a clear understanding of what it exactly takes to maintain their fire department.

"We actually sent out flyers to everyone in our district and really explaining to them what their tax money is going for," said Fire Chief District 10 Warren Stewart. "With this behind us, we can concentrate on keeping the millage going and keeping our fire insurance at a low cost and try to help the community anyway we can."

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