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Buying the baby

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

I am guessing it was almost a year ago when the city was in the throes of its strapped financial situation and two new commission members were warming their seats that Fire Chief James Harris gave a speech on the history of Chiefland Fire Rescue, a story of small town volunteerism.

Then he wrapped it up with a few selected bits of data and said moving forward the city would have to decide whether it wanted a volunteer organization or a paid, professional city department.

It was obvious what the chief wanted: a paid department just like the one in Gainesville where he worked.

The devil was in that little detail mentioned above: finances. The city, which had to go to the brink of financial dissipation to justify an increase in property taxes to pay its bills was hardly likely to tell residents and businesses it wanted more money for a full-time paid department. But Harris did float the idea of a $45 fire assessment for city residents.


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