New fire protection fee for Perry residents | News
Residents in Perry will notice an additional fee on their utility bills next month called a Fire Protection fee.
City council members agreed to add the fee to help fund additional staff for the city's fire department.
Chief Joel Gray says funding from the new fee will allow the department to go from six firefighters on duty 24 hours a day to twelve.
Adding additional staff could also lower the ISO rating, which could reduce the amount residents pay in home owner's insurance.
Gray says the new fee will apply to everyone unlike an increase in the millage rate, which would allow for tax exemptions.
"Everyone within our city limits who has property that could require fire protection services will be helping pay the fee." says Gray.
Gray says sixty days after July first, the day the fee goes into affect, they will be able to start hiring additional firefighters.
He says they already have a list of over 150 people interested in applying for the open positions.
He says the fee will range from $10 a month, for a typical one-family home, up to $100 a month, based on a structure's size and risk factors.