On Tuesday, voters in Purdy and Seligman generously approved 30-cent tax issues, which will support fire protection districts in each community.
"We are excited," said Mike Redshaw, Purdy fire chief. "We want to thank the Purdy community for supporting us. We will arrange our first meeting with the board as soon as possible. It is going to be a busy first month for the new Purdy Fire Protection District."
The Purdy Fire Protection District issue was approved by 55 percent of the voters who turned out for the Aug. 7 election. A total of 358 votes were cast in favor of the tax issue and 292 votes were cast against it.
The approved tax will change the Purdy Fire Department from a membership-based organization to a tax-based district and increase the department's annual operating revenues from around $20,000 to nearly $65,000 per year.
The additional funds will be used to purchase equipment and fund training.
The fire district will be governed by a five-member board of trustees. Voters elected David Redshaw, Steve Terry, Mike Bennett, Tommy Joe Tate and Glenn Terry to the first five seats on the board.
In addition to the increased financial support, the Purdy Fire Protection District tax issue will establish official fire district boundary lines that will be recorded and protected under Missouri statutes.
Seligman Area Rural Fire Association
Seligman Area Rural Fire Association patrons also approved a 30-cent tax issue that will support a fire protection district. The issue received 129 "yes" votes and 94 "no" votes.
Wendell Bishop, Bobby Beaver, Paul Still, Ronnie Anderson and Kennetha Scates were elected to the first five seats on the newly approved Seligman Fire Protection District Board of Trustees.