LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel officials have changed the city's ad valorem tax exemption policy to help emergency responders buy new equipment.
Every council member voted to approve the change Tuesday evening.
That change lowers tax exemptions for new requests, and the money will go into the general fund and will be earmarked for the Laurel police and fire departments.
"I think it's fair to everybody, I think the businesses, people understand that we have to survive too and these businesses are constantly riding our streets," Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said. "You know, a lot of them have big trucks and all this kind of stuff, and we have to have money to pay for these things and we felt this was a better way to pay for it than to put the burden on the backs of the citizens who already feel that they are over-burdened as it is now."
The money will be used by first responders to buy equipment like police cars and firefighting gear.