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Dallas Twp. Supervisors Approve ‘fire Tax’ To Pay Two Firefighters

December 5, 2018

DALLAS TWP. — Residents of the township will ring in the new year with a new tax.

Township supervisors on Tuesday approved a new “fire tax” for 2019 that will pay to have firefighters on duty at the two volunteer fire departments in the township.

Proceeds from the new tax will go into a separate account and be solely used to help fund the township’s two volunteer fire departments, Back Mountain Regional Fire and EMS and the Kunkle Fire Company, officials said.

Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson, who attended Tuesday’s monthly meeting, praised the decision when asked to comment from the crowd.

“To us, it’s 100 percent good news. We’re going to save 10 minutes per call,” Dodson said.

At least one paid firefighter will be on duty in both stations during times when the most calls come in, officials said.

It could be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., or 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., they said.

Township supervisors said the average township home, with an appraised value of $150,000, will pay $110 a year for the new tax.

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