Petitioners want Gregg County to create second emergency services district

Petitioners want Gregg County to create second emergency services district

LIBERTY CITY (KYTX) - Vickie Vetrano has lived in Liberty City thirty years and says it's time for paid firefighters and E.M.S.

Jamie Council agrees, though she's thankful for local volunteers.


A week ago, volunteers submitted to Gregg County a petition with 106 qualified signatures, asking commissioners to create the county's second E.S.D.

It would stretch from the Smith and Rusk counties lines, to the Sabine River and Kilgore city limits.

Sabine fire chief Richard Sisk says, if created, the E.S.D would assess a five-cent property tax.

Sisk says firefighters could spend less time fundraising, and more time training in fire prevention and replace fire engines that are approaching 30 years old. To learn about the proposal, click here. A public hearing will be held on the matter at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Liberty City Community Center on Old Highway 135 one block north of FM 1252.


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