Residents in south Webster Parish went to the polls Tuesday and said yes to a 10-mill ad valorem (property) tax dedicated to fire protection in the areas outside the town limits of Sibley.

With 76.61 percent of the votes, the tax passed with 226 votes.

“The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana is forcing the town of Sibley to stop free fire coverage,” Fire District No. 2 board chairman Brent Hunt explained. “This is a new tax. We’ve never paid a fire tax in our district before.”

Fire District 2 was drawn in February of this year by the Webster Parish Police Jury

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