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Consolidation of fire departments is good IF you can demonstrate efficiency and benefit. This program is suggesting a20% increase in cost with taxes as a base. How much of the annual tax goes to the Fire Department. The increase to the home and business owner could be over100% This is either poor policy or slight of hand to take the public out of future “fee and rate “ decision. Make a better case for this with some public check points. Otherwise you just increased the cost of housing more. The owner and the renter will be paying this 100% or more increase

From: New 'Fire Benefit Charge' would rate properties - and annual charges - according to size, use

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