Carter County fire tax on the ballot

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CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Carter County voters will decide tomorrow whether to add a new county sales tax that would fund fire departments

If passed the countywide sales tax would take one-eighth of a percent from transactions and distribute among the 16 fire departments.

Lone Grove Fire Chief Stacey Phelps says the tax would help the departments maintain the equipment and gear they have and upgrade equipment they may need for fire or medical calls.

Phelps says the county had a quarter cent sales tax in 2007 that updated their fire equipment but that tax expired in 2012.

"If you go to the grocery store and you spend $100, it's going to cost you 12 and a half cents for the fire tax which is not a whole not of money if you look at it individually but it's going to add up for the fire departments," Phelps said.

If passed the tax would become effective Jan. 1 and would expire in five years.

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