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Meeting tonight to discuss tax increase for paid firefighters
Updated on: 09.24.13

Tonight at 7, the Washington Township Advisory Board will discuss seeking a $200,000 emergency fire loan to support the Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department.

A bulk of the money would go toward paying four full-time firefighters to work Mondays through Fridays.

Because of a special legislative provision that expires at the end of this year, townships that take out emergency fire loans will have the ability to make that "loan" into a permanent revenue stream, explained Washington Township Trustee Bryan Gabriel. (More details about this arrangement were reported in the Sept. 18 Brown County Democrat.)

The loan, BCVFD Chief Dallas "Dak" Kelp reported to Nashville Town Council, will cost Washington Township taxpayers about $55 on a $100,000 property.

Currently, Washington Township taxpayers pay about $1 per $100,000 of assessed property value for fire protection.

Washington Township residents who live in Nashville pay no fire tax. The VFD also has asked the town council to consider providing an equal amount.

Brown County is covered by six departments of all-volunteer firefighters. Nashville VFD leaders believe that adding paid staff to the Nashville station could result in a decrease in fire insurance premiums for Washington Township and Nashville residents, which could offset the expense of a tax increase.

The hearing will be at the Washington Township trustee office, 2444 Old State Road 46. From State Road 46, turn onto Salt Creek Road at the Highway Shell gas station. Make a right turn onto Old State Road 46 (the road just past Brown County Tire). The public hearing will be conducted in the first building on the left, in the unit on the right side of the building, which is green and beige.

The board is not expected to vote tonight. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 1 at the trustee office, Gabriel said.

Obituaries
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Lillian (Anderson) Wentworth Henderson, 87, Brown County
  

William Emmett Fisher, 73, Elizabethtown
  Father of William “Mark” (Marissa) Fisher of Nashville

Margaret (Stanley) Whitaker, 80, Morgantown
  Wife of Rawlins Whitaker of Morgantown

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    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
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    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
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    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
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  • October 4
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    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane