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Millage rate likely to stay the same 

 Before red trucks and 70-foot ladders, firefighters would push horse-drawn equipment back into the firehouse. County officials and firefighters broke a sweat this month continuing the tradition, even though the horsepower of car engines have replaced horse hooves. 

With sheer muscle and a little help in the driver’s seat, firefighters and county officials moved a newly-commissioned ladder truck into its parking space at the newly constructed Station 8 at 1600 Virgil Langford Road. This is the second ladder truck for the county, the first being at Watkinsville’s Station 1. Its price tag, including associated equipment, was $960,000. 

Fire Chief Bruce Thaxton said that Station 8 answers 30 percent of fire calls and 36 percent of medical calls for the entire county. 

Oconee County has also placed an emphasis on other areas of public safety in its recently approved $30.507 million is a 4.48 percent increase over the previous year.

For more on this story, see the June 13 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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