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Voters Favor Fire Departments In Ozarks Tax Measures

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Voters Favor Fire Departments In Ozarks Tax Measures

By Austin Robertson. CREATED Apr 2, 2013

Several fire departments around the Ozarks are celebrating after tonight's elections.

Republic Fire Chief Duane Compton was coming back from a flue fire when KTTS News called for a post-election interview. He was caught off guard by the news that 70% of Tuesday's voters supported a $.08 sales tax for new equipment and trucks.

"It takes a big burden off our shoulders- how to operate the fire department, how to keep our equipment up to date. You know, when you have fire trucks that are older than staff members, you've got a problem. And we have that problem," says Compton.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Compton says he credits the local firefighters union for doing the legwork and knocking on over 1,000 doors to make sure people knew what was at stake with this election.

Voters in Ozark narrowly passed a $.25 levy to hire more firefighters. The Fire Chief there says if it failed, they would have had to reduce medical call responses and likely would have closed the station at CC and 65 next year.

The Fair Grove fire department got a $.50 tax levy passed by a small margin. The victory will make way for nine full-time firefighters, a new station, and new equipment.