However, the four-year fire commissioner is having a hard time rallying the support of fellow board members, Shannon Stone and David Stone.
Despite initially supporting the measure, both father and son revealed their uneasiness about asking voters to approve a tax increase in light of the potential negative economic impact of the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
"We don't know what the long-term effect will be on this economy," David Stone said during the fire commissioner's monthly meeting June 28. "I just can't support going out there and asking for more money. That's my position. I think we need to do what we can with what we have."