Officials turn down fire district tax hike

One of the county’s largest fire departments wanted to collect more money in taxes for equipment but was turned down.

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners denied a request from the White River Township Fire Protection District to increase its cumulative fund rate, which determines the amount of tax dollars the district receives each year to buy equipment.

With the current rate, the department receives $450,000 per year to buy equipment. The proposed 4.7 percent increase would have brought in an additional $20,000 into the fund each year.

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