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Voters to decide on tariff hike

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Increase in monthly phone tariff would fund Fulton 9-1-1

The Fulton County Quorum Court passed an ordinance Aug. 12 to place a proposal on the November general election ballot. Voters will go to the polls to approve or reject an increase from 5 percent to 12 percent of the basic telephone tariff rate to adequately fund the county's 9-1-1 system.

The court approved a second ordinance to place on the ballot a proposal levying a one-half of 1 percent county-wide sales and use tax to help fund Fulton County's fire departments.

The second ordinance calls for revenue generated to be spent for fire protection facilities and would be divided between the following fire departments: Sturkie, Camp, Byron, Viola, Salem, Mammoth Spring, Gepp, Nine Mile Ridge, Saddle, Agnos-Glencoe-Heart, and Morriston.

The court passed a third ordinance to correct transfers and appropriation of funds for the year 2001 to satisfy auditors.

The court passed a resolution supporting the Fulton County Fair Association in its application for a grant in the amount of $30,000 to construct a 40-foot by 50-foot metal exhibit building to house family living and commercial exhibits, including house crafts and canned goods.

The court passed resolutions supporting the Gepp Fire Department in its application for a grant in the amount of $7,500 to construct a fire station, and the Byron Fire Department in its application for a grant in the amount of $1,703 for the purchase of a fire hose, nozzles and ventilation fans.

The Fulton County Land Use Committee met after the quorum court meeting to discuss ideas for implementing a comprehensive land use plan.

Committee member Mary Rivera said the plan would put Fulton County at the bargaining table, and it would serve as a useful tool to balance environmental issues with property owners' rights.

Rivera said she would like to see the public and more quorum court members take an interest and attend the meetings.

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