BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Only 4 percent of voters turned out to vote in Saturday's election in Baton Rouge, passing the two St. George Fire Department tax proposals.
From its humble beginnings in what was basically a shack, the St. George Fire District has come a long way. Thanks to voters, it looks to go a little bit further.
"I think we were given our orders yesterday by the public," said St. George Fire Chief Gerald Tarleton. "The propositions were to bring us to the next level."
Voters approved two tax proposals for the 70 square mile fire district. The first was a renewal of the current 1.25 mills tax. The second was a 2 mills tax increase. In all, the taxes will generate about $2 million for the district.
Tarleton said the money will be used to build a new fire station in the Bluebonnet/Nicholson Drive area where there is currently a response deficit. The district will also relocate another station to the new Airline Highway headquarters. Most importantly, Tarleton added they will be able to hire 12 new staff members.
"It's about public safety and it's about protecting lives and people's property. So, we're happy and tomorrow morning the job starts and we'll start planning," Tarleton explained.
The new tax increase equals about $25 yearly for a $200,000 home.