LIBERTY - After hearing that the city's newest fire truck is an antique, City Council decided Wednesday to apply for grants and try to appropriate additional money for a new truck.
Fire Chief Donald Wilson said the city's Volunteer Fire Department grant applications have been rejected for the past five years.
"We're going have to have a fire truck or our rating won't stay the same," Wilson said. He said if the rating changes, insurance on a residence could go up as much as $300 annually.
"We should have been putting back money," he said. The local fire truck is 17 years old and will have to be replaced in the next three years.
Wilson said a new fire truck will cost about $200,000. He has looked at new trucks in Pulaski County's rural fire departments, which also have all the up-to-date equipment. He said Pulaski gets thousands of dollars in federal grant funds and also has a 3 percent tax on insurance premiums that goes to fire departments. The tax amounts to about $35 annually per property owner.