Crenshaw Co. Will Vote On Sales Tax Increase

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By Darryl Forges

The November election is still a few months away. But residents in Crenshaw county will have a tough choice to make on the ballot. whether or not to raise the county's sales tax. It's a tax hike officials say that if passed, could save lives in the long-run

Crenshaw County residents could see their sales tax raised by half a penny, which means they could see a seven and a half percent sales tax. Luverne could see a nine and a half percent sales tax. That money would go to the fire department and public safety agencies.

What exactly is the fire tax?
it's a proposed half cent increase in the county's sales tax. Where the money will be divided between public safety agencies and also to the Fire Departments in Crenshaw County.
the President of Crenshaw County Association of Volunteer Fire Department Stephen Wilson says without the money they're not sure how long they can effectively do their job.

President of Crenshaw County Association of Volunteer Fire Department Stephen Wilson tells us 700 dollars is dispersed to each of the county's 12 fire stations.
 

As for public safety. Some say more money will ease the workload between agencies.

 

"It takes all we can do to buy groceries and stuff like that you know I do know the fire department and they do need help I agree with that but I wish they could find a way to get it besides taxing us again." Says Linda Powell, resident of Crenshaw County
 

If passed the funding would go to providing training, purchasing equipment, and liability insurance for both the fire department and public safety agencies.

 



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