Marion County Fire Rescue opens new fire station funded from Penny Sales Tax

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Marion County Fire Rescue opened up its new "Rolling Greens" fire station on Thursday.

The 7,700-square-foot facility was built with funds from Marion County's Penny Sales Tax.

The 2.5 million dollar facility will house 30 people, including firefighter-paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

"The Penny Sales tax is a phenomenal opportunity for emergency services. It's allowed us to build our infrastructure from the downturn of the recession. It's allowed us to not only catch up on fire stations, on vehicles, apparatus, everything we need to provide a great service to our community,” said Fire Chief James Banta.

The Penny Sales Tax was first approved by Marion County Commissioners in November 2016 and started collecting funds in January 2017.

The tax pays for public safety projects and road projects.