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Polk County voters deciding tax for fire protection district

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 12:12 PM CDT
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BOLIVAR, Mo. (KY3) - Voters in the Central Polk County Fire Protection District will go to the polls in November to decide a property tax increase to improve equipment at the firehouses.

Central Polk County Fire Protection District President Sammy Bowden says the district is almost out of money. If this passes, it would allow the district to purchase new fire trucks and equipment.

“So our new trucks are over 20 years old and the maintenance costs are eating up most of our budget,” said Bowden. “This will help us gain newer trucks and better trucks help us to respond better.”

The 30 cent tax levy hike adds about $300 annually to a property tax bill of $100,000.

“With that tax, it will help us gain better equipment and possibly build more fire stations is the other thing,” said Bowden. “If you’re within five miles of a water service, a water source by the fire department, we can decrease your tax.”

Garry Bowen, a Polk County resident, said he is for the tax levy.

“You’re trying to better your equipment for city use,” said Bowen. “That’s understandable, like with fire trucks or what have you, that’s something that Polk County probably really does need.”

Bowden said if the tax goes through, he estimates the budget will grow to more than $400,000, which is double the previous budget.

Election day is November 2. Check out sample ballots from several counties in the Ozarks. CLICK HERE: https://www.ky3.com/2021/10/04/sample-ballots-see-whats-ballot-november/

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