A tax break for volunteer firefighters will be up for a vote in the next legislative session. Representative Keith English says the break will help reimburse them for buying their own equipment.
“Men and women who serve in the fire department academies across the state of Missouri have to buy their own bunkers and coats,” English said. “They do get helmets and things like that, but they’re spending a lot of mileage and time.”
English says a third of all Missourians are served by volunteer fire departments, and that they currently only get a federal tax break.
“Volunteer firefighters get to file a federal form for those exemptions but not on the state level,” English said. So it would give each firefighter up to a thousand dollars. I think a thousand dollars is the least we can do in a tax exemption.”