West Florence seeks backing from county council for new resource

West Florence seeks backing from county council for new resource

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -  On Wednesday, Florence County Council agreed to provide the backing needed for the West Florence Fire District to pick up a new ladder truck.

On Monday, West Florence asked council for help in getting the truck after it had ran it to an issue acquiring the vehicle.

"Our finance company, the way we are trying to finance the truck, required a letter due to the pending litigation that the county would pick up the payment if something were to happen and we lost the lawsuit," said Dustin Fails, chairman of the West Florence Fire District.

On Monday morning, West Florence Fire District leaders met with members of Florence County Council to ask for that letter.

"If they don't get this done and they don't take delivery of the truck, it's a $275,000 penalty. That's taxpayer money and that concerns me a lot," Florence County Chairman Kent Caudle said.

Back in 2014, Florence County Council moved to consolidate all of Florence County's fire district into one big district.

It was an effort the county said would ensure an equal fire tax for all.

The initiative was also around the same time people living in West Florence said they would be taxed unfairly and were able to get the legislature to create the West Florence Special Purpose District, a move still going back and forth in court.

The question is why is the ladder truck needed.

"The current truck is over 20 years old and it has some age on it, so ISO recommends we have two ladder trucks in our district," Fails said.

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