LIBERTY CITY (KYTX) - The Sabine Fire Department in Liberty City raises 80 percent of its budget, and Chief Richard Sisk says that effort makes fighting fires tougher than it already is.
"To keep us from having to focus on our next fund raiser or those types of things when we should be focused on protecting this community.We are asking the community for 5 pennies on every 100 dollars of property value.' - Richard Sisk, Fire Chief of the Sabine Fire Department
The proposed coverage area would stretch from the Smith/Rusk County lines, to the Sabine River and North of Kilgore. If voters say yes, Sisk says the tax will pay for the $70,000 dollars his department needs each year.
"We are basically stagnant in the water. Our potential to grow our capabilities and protect this community is limited." - Chief Richard Sisk
Sisk says it's desperately needed. These fire trucks have 1985 technology, and the growth of Liberty City stretches his volunteers thin.
"Maintenance on that equipment is huge. It takes a lot to maintain older equipment.' - Sisk
If passed, sisk says he would add paramedics, upgrade technology, and invest in more stations around the community.
Monday's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m at the Liberty City Community Building.
County Commissioners have until August 18th to decide whether to allow the measure to be put on November's ballot.