ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that allows sales taxes from fireworks purchases to fund trauma care, fire protection services and public safety.
Albany firefighters said the five percent excise tax will be put to good use.
"Every penny counted. Although it going to be spread among 159 counties like I say those monies coming in will be able to improve our fire department and 911 systems," said Deputy Fire Chief Sebon Burns.
The Albany Fire Department plans to use its share of the money to buy more safety equipment, provide more training to firefighters and upgrade the 911 center's radio system.