Fulton County Firefighters Association President Scott Holloway has announced a public meeting to discuss the proposed one-half cent sales tax that will be on the November ballot. The meeting will be at the Viola Elementary School Cafeteria at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.
"It is noteworthy that this meeting is held shortly after the time of the tragedy of Sept. 11," Chief Holloway explained. "The New York City firefighters that became American heroes that day are not so different than our own local firefighters that help save lives and protect property in our community. And now, we (the local departments) will be asking the community for their help."
"The destiny of our rural departments is in the hands of the voters," said Ken Sanders, former FCFA president and Viola's fire chief. "We'll see how much they (voters) appreciate what we do and if they want to help us continue." He went on to say that support for the Viola Department has been tremendous. "Our new lower ISO rating in the rural area is saving our patrons hundreds of dollars each in insurance premiums. I'm sure they'll support this tax to ensure we keep the lower rating."
"We honestly don't know what kind of emergencies we will face in the coming months and years," said Dean Tharp, Byron's Fire Chief. "We're doing our best to be trained and equipped to respond successfully to these situations. We (local firemen) are ready and willing to run into burning buildings, crawl into wrecked cars, and shovel and rake our way through burning forests for our neighbors. This upcoming vote will show what our neighbors are willing to do to support us."