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MARBLE FALLS — The creation of an emergency services district by voters will be a “make-or-break” issue for the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department, the chief said.

Anticipated budget cutbacks mean the taxing district will be necessary to maintain and improve fire services by the unpaid, all-volunteer fire department, which answers calls outside Marble Falls, Chief Terry White said.

“If we don’t get it and with the potential we’ll be losing some funding next year — it’s pretty vital for the department to keep functioning at our normal capacity,” White added.

The volunteers are hosting a public meeting Aug. 1 at the fire station, 606 Ave. U. Firefighters will discuss the need for the creation of Burnet County ESD No. 6 in the department’s 122-square-mile service area, White said.

The proposition could be on the ballot Nov. 8.