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January 22, 2014

Commissioners delve deeper into possible county fire tax increase

CHICKASHA —

Discussion about a sales tax to support the fire departments in Grady County was rekindled during the Grady County Commissioners meeting yesterday. 

Chickasha City Manager, Stewart Fairburn, said a new sales tax could make it difficult for the city to go out for new taxes to fund central services. 

Fairburn said that there are other options, such as ad valorem taxes, that could be looked into. 

Tuttle City Manager Tim Young was in agreement with Fairburn's statement and added that the city of Tuttle would like more information about the proposed tax. 

"What is the intent? How will it work? How will it benefit us?" Young asked. 

Tuttle Mayor, Bobby Williams, said that Tuttle had tried in the past to get a sales tax passed to build a library and could not get it passed. Williams said that a lot of residents feel taxed enough already. Williams said that he wanted to see something passed in Tuttle to benefit the children of Tuttle. 

Windle Hardy, Grady County Commissioner, said that the exact percentage or how the tax would be divided and many other details had not been determined. 

"We need to discuss how we would do this with the fire board and local fire chiefs," Hardy said. 

Representatives from both the Verden and Rush Springs Fire Departments expressed interest in having another meeting with the city managers and mayors of Grady County to further discussion.

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