Festus fire chief hoping tax increase passes to hire paid firefighters

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 6:47 AM

(KMOV) – A local fire chief is making his final plea to the public to raise taxes for the sake of safety and property in Jefferson County.

Chuck Boyer, the Festus Fire Chief, told News 4 in Feb., that the entire department is made up by volunteers. To fight a fire, crews must first come from home or work and change into their gear before getting on the road which makes response times longer and property damage greater.

Chief Boyer is hoping to change the response time of his department by raising taxes 21 cents per $100 assessed valuation on real estate and personal property.

If passed on Tuesday, the tax increase would allow the department to have two people on duty 24 hours a day.  

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