Grayson County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Miller reached his taxing decision on October 23, and ruled that because of KRS 75.040, the Anneta Fire Department could levy a tax, but not to exceed ten cents per $100.
Then on November 15th, the Anneta board unanimously voted to take back initial boundary lines drawn up in 1986.
Louisville Attorney Michael Connolly is representing members of the Wax Fire Department, and the citizens of Anneta in the case.
Anneta resident Margaret Langdon, and her sister Tammy Lashley, have been busy copying 2007 Anneta Fire Department minutes.
“We are working on the appeals process right now,” replied Langdon. “We are also getting information together for a petition if necessary to get rid of the tax.”
Langdon explained they have found some discrepancies in the minutes, and their main goal is to get rid of the tax, which is effective on January 1, 2008.
The February minutes mention talk of the tax going into effect, and also noted if there was opposition to the tax, Anneta fire department board members would drop mention of it.
April minutes for the board mentioned Lisa Duvall's petition brought forth to Carletta Farris' office, and said there were not enough signatures.
“Another problem is some residents live up to 14 miles away from the fire department,” replied Langdon. “My insurance policy said you have to live no more than five miles from the firehouse.”
Potential problems are that if the tax goes through some people could be without insurance.
Langdon said the citizens are sick and tired of a handful of people dictating what everyone does.
“The Anneta Fire Department board members should have put the mandatory tax to a vote with people in the community,” added Langdon. “It was voted down big time back in 2000 according to Gary Logsdon. Board members knew it wouldn't pass again.”
Langdon has been in touch with members from the Kyrock Fire Department and the Brownsville PVA office to find out additional details about what the tax means.
“We have a list of people that Anneta serves in Edmonson County,” said Langdon. “They are primarily down the Moutardier Boat Ramp Road, Diplomat Shores, and part of Ambassador Shores. These people now have the choice to go with Kyrock if they want to.”
Langdon said they do not want to go without a fire service, and wants people to understand this above all things.
“If the Anneta Fire District is dissolved we will be subdivided between Leitchfield, Clarkson, and Wax,” added Langdon. “Wax will man a substation in Anneta for us, and it will be the same except for Wax would be in control.”
There are three different avenues the group can explore on this issue. Possibilities are holding board seats, trustees seats, or start a petition again.
The biggest thing is the locals are aggravated because they did not have a say in any of this, says Langdon.
Wax Fire Department Board Members are planning to talk to the Knights of Columbus Board about using their hall for a community meeting.