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Carter County firefighters ask voters to OK sales tax proposition

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LONE GROVE, Okla. -- Fire departments around Carter County hope a 1/8 cent sales tax proposition will pass Tuesday so that they can help their communities.

In 2012, all Carter County fire departments benefited from the passing of a 1/4 cent sales tax that let them buy new equipment and vehicles.

Lone Grove Fire Chief Stacey Phelps said they were able to make the most of what they got.

"I think the chiefs have been good stewards of the money, stretching it out, trying to make it last as long as possible," he said.

But now, time has run out on that proposition... along with their gear.

"[The National Fire Protection Association] regulates how long our gear is good for," Phelps said. "After 10 years, it doesn't matter what kind of shape it's in or whatever... it ain't no good."

This year, all Carter County fire departments are asking for half as much as they did in 2012. Phelps said it will be less about buying this time and more about maintaining.

"In the previous years, when we had our older trucks and stuff, we could work on them," he explained. "We can't work on these. If they break down and the fire department doesn't have any money to fix it, it's going to be sitting in a bay and not doing anybody any good."

Chief Phelps asked voters to approve the five-year 1/8 cent sales tax proposition so they can do their jobs.

"Nobody wants to call 911 and help not show up because our trucks are broke down," he said. "It's very well needed, and we would definitely appreciate your support."

The polls will be open Tuesday starting at 7 a.m.

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