WFFD Q&A session with candidates

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The West Florence Fire Department held a question and answer session with the candidates, who are running to serve on the West Florence Fire District Commission.

At Thursday night's meeting, candidates were each asked the same five questions.

South Carolina House Representative Philip Lowe moderated the town hall style event.

Those questions asked were focused on the future of the West Florence Fire District and how much millage it would take to fund daily operations.

Currently the district is being funded by 8 mills, but the soon-to-come West Florence Board of Commissioners will have the option to raise it if they see fit.

There are right around 15,000 people living in the West Florence Fire District.

The district was established back in May after House Bill 5225 was signed into law.

The bill removes West Florence out of Florence County's Fire District, and prohibits fire millage in that district from going anywhere but the West Florence Fire District.

Those nine commissioners all live in the West Florence area, and the following is the list of those people up for election.

Bob Beverage, Dustin Fails, C. Allen Matthews, David Brown, Linda Lang Gipko, Linda Stone Reynolds, Hartwell Bryant, Richard Hewitt and Jon Windaham .

On September 2, the people of West Florence will head to their precincts to elect five of those people to serve on the board.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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