Houston County votes yes on additional tag fee, probate judge amendment

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The votes are in, and Houston County residents have voted yes on two local amendments.

One referendum will add an additional $5 to tag fees in the county, bringing in funds to the Houston County EMS Association. This passed with 61.1 percent of the vote.

Local emergency service workers heavily supported the bill, saying it would help fund equipment and employees of local EMS agencies.

“It’d give us possibilities to get us more people down here or you know, anywhere,” Ambulance Driver Nathaniel Goulet told WDHN in late October. “And then more equipment, newer equipment, that’s what the main focus is I guess.”

The other amendment requires probate judges in Houston County to be attorneys before they can be considered for the job. This passed with 78.8 percent of the vote.

Current Probate Judge Patrick Davenport was a supporter of the law, saying members of the Bar Association can handle the office better.

“So in my opinion justice demands it to ensure that the right outcome is brought about because the judge has an education and understanding of what the lawyers are arguing,” Judge Patrick Davenport said.

Check on the rest of the election results here.

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