The New Waverly Volunteer Fire Department and representatives from Walker County Emergency Services District #2 met with Walker County Commissioner’s Court recently and asked to be removed from the County budget.
NWVFD Chief Jacob Slott thanked the Court for their past support, but noted that with the recent passage of a sales and use tax in ESD #2, the Fire Department would not be requesting supplemental funding from Walker County. Chief Slott noted that the primary purpose of the sales tax election was to lessen the burden on property owners and property taxes and to allow everyone that benefits from emergency services to share in the funding those services.
Chief Slott went on to say that the Community had spoken out a strong voice, passing the sales tax measure by a wide margin and both the Department and ESD wanted to fulfill their promise to no longer rely on supplemental funding from Walker County Commissioner’s Court. He stated, “The voters in the Emergency Services District have chosen the level of services they want to support and we look forward to providing the best emergency services possible.”
The NWVFD will continue to host events such as the annual 4th of July Fundraiser, as it has not only been very successful, it has also become a great community event. Thousands of residents participated in the events and took in the annual fireworks show this past weekend and plans are already in the works for next year.