Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood this moring vetoed a plan passed by the city council on July 19 that would set up a special fire district tax which would include a 3.12 mill tax to improve the city’s fire services.
“After careful consideration I feel that I have no choice but to veto the Canton Fire District Ordinance,” Hobgood said.
The Canton City Council, by a vote of 5-1, created the special district that would help the city meet some of its long-term fire service needs and possibly shift some of that burden to elderly residents who have enjoyed a decade of voter-approved tax exemptions.
Hobgood said he will call a special meeting of the council next week to consider alternatives to the district and provide council members with the opportunity to override his veto.
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