DURANT, OK - Bryan county volunteer fire fighters will be asking for the public's support in 2012.
This morning commissioners passed a resolution to put a proposed quarter cent sales tax increase on the ballot in next March's primary election. If passed, the money would be used to supplement the daily operations of the 17 volunteer fire departments in the county as well as the Durant Fire department and the Fire Chiefs Association. Officials say fires caused by the drought over the last couple years have drastically depleted many fire department resources, and if they don't get additional funding several departments around the county could have to close down.
"What little money they've got from the state of Oklahoma, we get a $4,000 operational grant yearly, and with the actual volunteers themselves pitching in their personal money, that's pretty much keeping the departments afloat right now," said Brian Norton, Bryan County Fire Chief's Association President.
If passed, the quarter cent increase would cost residents an average of twenty dollars a year.