Last Tuesday, The Washington Township in Nashville held a meeting to discuss implementing a tax increase to fund the Brown County Volunteer Fire Department and make it a full-time, paid force.
Washington Township Trustee Bryan Gabriel feels the tax increase will help speed up emergency response times for fire-related calls.
“Our hope with the paid fire department is, that, you know, we’ll have people on call during the week days from 9-5 when most of our volunteers are already at work,” Gabriel said.
Gabriel, who is in favor of the tax hike, is confident the benefits for the taxpayers are worth the costs.
“The offset is, we have an increased fire presence and we also have the ability to have our fire station and fire protection rated a lower rating, which means it’s a safer district, and that would allow for potential reduction in insurance rates for a business or a house also,” Gabriel said.
Jim Rispoli, owner of Caramel Corn Cottage in Nashville, says the tax increase is worth the greater sense of security .
“If you have a fire in this town, it’s going to destroy a lot of things. We need a fire department.”
The Washington Township Advisory Board hopes to arrive at a final decision at a follow-up meeting tomorrow. The meeting will take place at the Washington Township Trustee Office at 6 p.m.