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ESD No. 2 preps for sales-tax vote
EAGLE CREEK -- The Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 board of commissioners has hired a consultant to advise the district ahead of a possible sales-tax election. The unanimous vote came during the board’s Feb. 18 meeting.
GCP Associates will aid the ESD -- which funds both fire and ambulance services in the Eagle Creek area -- in the necessary steps associated with circulating a petition aimed at getting the matter placed on a future election ballot. According to board President Bill Kenney, GCP representatives indicated that they were unable to get a list of the registered voters residing in ESD No. 2 from Wilson County officials.
“They said they didn’t know,” Kenney said. “There’s got to be 800 or 900 registered voters, if not more.”
When voters created the district in the 2010 general election, 1,308 ballots were cast.
Wilson County Voter Registrar Olga Marrero said that her office does not have a current breakdown of registered voters within ESD No. 2 and that such a report could not be produced until after the March 4 primary election.
GCP’s cost to the ESD will not exceed $10,000. This figure does not include expenditures associated with printing, advertising fees, and postage and mailing.
Kenney said there are approximately 100 sales-tax-generating businesses within the district’s coverage area, according to state sources, which could generate a “very conservative estimate” of $9,000 per month in new revenue for the district.
In attendance: Board members Bill Kenney, Tommy Mowles, Dr. Royal Munro, and Roger Brickley; Attorney Louis T. Rosenberg, and Fire Chief Jackie Komives and Assistant Fire Chief Walter Cutsinger of the Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services.
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