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Collierville Fire Department is growing operations to better serve the town’s 51,000 residents.

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen supported a $5.2 million purchase Monday, July 26, in what Town Administrator James Lewellen called a “historic night.”

“You’re voting to purchase five ambulances, which is the beginning of getting us into the ambulance business, and you’re also purchasing a new ladder truck, which is the beginning of Fire Station No. 6, which are two monumental moments for us,” Lewellen noted.

He also complimented the board’s fiscal responsibility as it didn’t borrow money for the large purchase.

In approving the 2021-22 budget — which went into effect July 1 — aldermen supported a property tax rate of $1.72 per $100 of assessed value, an increase of 15 cents above the certified rate approved after the countywide reappraisal.

Part of the increase allows the town to operate its own ambulance service.