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Commissioner's Court approves Emergency Services Taxing District item for Nov. 2014 ballot

PALESTINE, October 16, 2013—The Anderson County Commissioner’s Court held a Public Hearing on Tuesday evening, after having received enough signatures on a petition requesting an Emergency Services Taxing District which would include the Volunteer Fire Departments in Westside, Bethel, Cayuga and Tennessee Colony.

The Commissioner’s Court decided to place the item on the next general election ballot, which will take place in November, 2014. If approved by voters, the District would be formed and the taxing would begin in January, 2015. According to Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston, the maximum tax increase would be 10 cents.

The funds from the tax would support the Volunteer Fire Departments included in the newly formed district.

“That’s the whole purpose of the service district, is to have a constant, steady stream of income to support these volunteer fire departments,” said Judge Johnston. “We’re supporting them now with tax dollars…what we put in out of the general fund would not be done anymore, and they would have their own taxing entity.”

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Judge Johnston about the item as well as an update on the Apex tax abatement, permit and construction status, the new roof for the Anderson County Jail, 


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