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BAVFD Chief Terry Harvey adocates for fire dues on tax bills

2015-04-15 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Harvey advocated for the inclusion of fire department's annual dues on Adair County Tax Bills. Chief Harvey fielded questions from the court, including whether or not the Adair County Fire Department in Columbia will or could be included in the billing. CJE Mike Stephens said it was his opinion that they could be, but the fire department would need to request inclusion. Magistrate Daryl Flatt, who urged more study on the proposal, wondered out loud if, once the dues are included, by ordinance, what would stop the departments from raising fees when they pleased. CJE Stephens noted that that might be possible, but gave the opinion that the Fiscal Court could rescind the ordinance at any time. Chief Harvey's department is one of the best equipped in the state, but he emphasized that his department has attendant maintenance responsibilities, and the added revenue the department would receive by putting the dues on the tax bill would help to maintain the Fire Station and apparatus, and help the department better equip individual firefighters.

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