Hearing on fire sales tax extension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local sales tax that could help save your life needs an extension.

Tuesday, the city council's finance committee held a hearing on the fire sales tax, which fire officials want to extend for another 20 years.

The quarter-cent tax covers the fire department's operating expenses. It has also paid for upgrades to the dispatch system and area fire stations.

Fire Chief Paul Berardi said the money is needed to serve all Kansas City residents.

“It's a challenge to do that, to respond to 317 square miles, and so this I think this will be attractive to all residents because of that,” he said.

Voters approved the tax in 2001. If advanced, a special election on the extension will be in August.

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