Carlyss voters to decide new ad valorem property tax - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Carlyss voters to decide new ad valorem property tax

by Brandon Richards

CARLYSS, LA (KPLC) - The Carlyss Fire Department wants voters to approve a new 6.5 mill ad valorem property tax in November.

Fire Chief Jude Savoie said over the last decade the population of Carlyss and its immediate surrounding area has skyrocketed and department has experienced a decline in its number of volunteers. The department currently has 15 volunteers

"Currently we have 14 employees," Savoie said.

The fire chief says his department's annual call volume has soared, from 656 calls in 2003 to 875 in 2008.

The department currently covers an area of 81 square miles.

If the valorem tax passes, Savoie says he will be able to hire nine additional employees, purchase more equipment and help the department keep its Class 3 rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana.

The fire board plans on holding town hall style meetings in the weeks leading up to November 14th to explain the full proposal to voters.

In the meantime, more information on the valorem proposal can be found at www.carlyssfd.com.

Citizens can also call the fire department at 337-583-2365 or email the fire chief at jgsavoie@camtel.net with their questions.

The author of this article can be emailed at brichards@kplctv.com

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