West Stanly Fire Department Chief Tripp Crosby cleared up some recent confusion concerning the new rise in the fire tax affecting the fire department’s district at the Locust City Council meeting last Thursday.
The confusion began at the Stanfield town council meeting the week before, when the board and town administrator Bob Harvey discussed how Stanfield residents would see an increase in their fire tax from .08 percent to .0842 percent. It was also said at the meeting Stanfield, New London, and Richfield were the only towns to have an increase. Crosby stated at the Locust meeting this was incorrect.
“It is true; if your property value increased you will see an increase in your fire tax, in the most extreme case around $10. Many will see a reduction in the fire taxes you pay,” said Crosby. “This did not just affect one of the municipalities that we currently serve, but affects the entire district regardless if you live in a city, town or the county.”
Of the misinformation, Harvey stated, “I knew that it was affecting others, but I was just thinking of it as how it pertains to Stanfield at the meeting.” […]