We have good news regarding a follow up to yesterday’s story “North Apollo Council to Vote on Discontinuing Annual Fire Fee Tonight“.
After hearing from many residents supporting the fire fee, North Apollo council voted unanimously to keep the annual fee last night during their council meeting.
Per Emily Balser of the Valley News Dispatch / Triblive.com, the fee remains at $40 to $50 a year for residents and $80 a year for businesses. The fee brings in about $34,000 for the fire department.
Council does request more transparency from the fire department on how the money is spent. The fire department is changing their bylaws to allow their meetings to be open to the public and have also started using new accounting software for better tracking.
You can read Emily’s full article on Triblive.com at this link.
North Apollo council plans on voting tonight on whether to abolish an annual fire fee that it charges residents for fire service protection. The fee was originated in 2013 to assist with North Apollo VFD’s operational expenses.
Per the Valley News Dispatch/TribLive, North Apollo council president President Laura Ford stated they were looking into possibly eliminating the fire fee due to residents who have come to her stating they can’t afford the fee.
The fee is currently $80 a year for businesses, and between $40-$50 a year for residents. The fire department would lose about $34,000 in revenue a year, and their annual budget is $55,000 and more than likely close their doors.
The fire department’s president, Josh McKendree, stated the department is open to alternative options for the fee, including payment plans and/or lowering it.