An accident that destroyed a $400,000 Anderson County (SC) 2014 fire engine and left a firefighter charged with DUI will be a test for the county’s volunteer firefighter system as a tax increase for new engines will begin to show up in tax bills in the coming weeks, reports independentmail.com.
The tax increases, narrowly approved by voters in May, are expected to be about $0.77 extra for a $100,000 home or $2.12 for a $300,000 home in the first year of a multi-year increase, the report says.
It’s not clear what the insurance will be or how much, if any, of the new collections will go toward a replacement for the wrecked apparatus that served the Starr community, according to the report.
Officials say it will take some time for the insurance and investigation process to unfold. They had planned to buy three new engines this year but will only be buying two because it may take some time for the investigations to conclude.
The destroyed apparatus immediately replaced by a backup, which the county keeps several of around, the report says.