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Most Marshall Co. fire districts to receive protection fee funds after vote

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5 county fire districts want to assess a yearly protection fee to residents. (Source: WAFF) 5 county fire districts want to assess a yearly protection fee to residents. (Source: WAFF)
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

It appears four out of five volunteer fire districts in Marshall County will get funds assessed to residents' property taxes after the voters spoke Tuesday night.

The "yes" vote to support a fire protection fee for the Waterfront Volunteer Fire Department was up by just four votes, with provisional votes yet to count. Election representatives said that unofficially, it appears no provisional ballots were cast.

Residents served by Georgia Mountain, Four-C, Hebron, Waterfront and Swearengin voted on the issue. Proponents said services to residents and the costs to supply them have increased, while tobacco tax revenue has decreased.

The only district whose measure failed was Swearengin.

The five districts asked for a $60 yearly fee to be assessed to homeowners' property taxes. The money would go to the fire district in which the resident lives to aid in operational expenses.

The votes are expected to be certified next Tuesday.

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