Calypso Fire Department asking residents to support district tax

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Members of the Calypso Fire Department are urging town residents to go to the polls on March 3 and support the proposed Calypso Fire District Tax.

Department fire personnel will be canvassing the entire community on Saturday and Sunday to get the word out.

Spokesman Roger Davis said during the two days of household canvassing, if a resident is not home, a brochure will be left to explain the need for the fire tax district and the benefits it will provide.

Calypso, an all volunteer department, is one of 12 other fire departments in Duplin County.

It is one of nine other departments seeking a fire district tax in the primary vote.

Fundraisers over the years have been the major source of revenue for the department, but with ever-increasing training requirements, increasing call volume, and job and family commitments the volunteers simply do not have the time needed.

Davis said if voters approve the fire district, it will increase tax on a $100,000 home by $50 a year, or $100 on a $200,000 home.

Some will pay more and some will pay less, but all will benefit, Davis pointed out.

He said it would also lower the department’s fire rating and insurance premiums for home and business owners.

Davis said the department’s goal is to lower the fire rating to five.

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