Carlyss fire chief hopeful voters will approve new tax

by Brandon Richards Bio | Email

CARLYSS, LA (KPLC) - Voters in Carlyss head to the polls today to decide the fate of a 6.5 mill property tax increase.

The new mill would go toward maintaining, operating and developing fire protection facilities in Ward 4 District No. 2. The District estimates it will collect $745,422 from the new tax in 2010, if voters approve it.

Fire Chief Jude Savoie said over the last decade the population of Carlyss and its immediate surrounding area has skyrocketed. As a result, the number of calls his department handles has also skyrocketed.

According to Savoie, if voters approve the tax, it will allow his department to maintain its current rating with the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. The department currently has a '3' rating on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the best, 10 the worst).

In addition, Savoie says the tax will also allow for him to hire more firefighters and purchase more equipment.

Savoie and others have spent the last couple of months drumming up support for the new tax. Savoie says he's only heard from two people who were not in favor of the proposition. The overwhelmingly majority, Savoie says, have expressed support for the measure.

"The citizens have always supported us in the past, so I believe they'll support us again. We hope so," Savoie said.

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