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Fire fee is insufficient, W. Va. fire chief says

Current fee raises about $782,000 annually for the county's eight volunteer fire departments to operate

By Kate White
Charleston Gazette

PUTNAM COUNTY, W. Va. — The chief of the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department pleaded with Putnam County commissioners on Tuesday for more money to operate the county's volunteer fire departments.

"If you want a fire department, we have to pay for it. If you don't and we don't pay, we won't have one," John Smoot told commissioners and dozens of citizens at Tuesday's meeting. He asked commissioners to consider raising the county's fire fee.

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