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      Firefighter jobs and more depend on Quincy tax levy

      Capt. Mark Bigelow of the Quincy Fire Department said firefighters will lose their jobs, a station will close and changes to more Quincy services will come if a tax levy is not passed.

      Firefighter Union President Capt. Mark Bigelow of the Quincy Fire Department said firefighters will lose their jobs, a station will close and changes to more Quincy services will come if a tax levy is not passed.

      The city of Quincy's finance committee informed city council that an increase of 6.8 percent is needed on the property tax bill.

      "The increase would equal .975 percent of an overall increase in our property tax bill," Bigelow said in a letter explaining why the increase is needed. "If you paid $3,000 in taxes last year, you would pay approximately 8 cents per day or 29.20 for the year."

      Bigelow states the levy is needed to maintain the city's current services.

      Bigelow said if the levy isn't passed, some services residents are accustomed to might disappear. He also says firefighters will lose their jobs and a station will close. The cuts would also affect the police department and others like garbage collection and library funding.

      Before a decision is made, city council would like to hear from the public about their thoughts on the proposed tax levy.

      The Quincy City Council is expected to vote on the tax levy at Monday's meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Room at City Hall.