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Fire district seeking reimbursement law

DALLAS — Southwest Polk County Fire District will consider an ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting establishing billing fees for those people using emergency services who live outside the district.

November 05, 2013

DALLAS — Southwest Polk County Fire District will consider an ordinance at its Tuesday night meeting establishing billing fees for those people using emergency services who live outside the district.

The ordinance would also establish fees for excessive false alarms and illegal burning.

The purpose of the out-of-district billing is to recoup costs from responding to accidents on local highways involving people who are not residents of the district — and thus don't pay taxes for service.

Bill Hahn, the district's chief, said in the past that out-of-district billing was performed in-house, but the district has decided to look into using a company to do the billing for it. The ordinance sets the fees that company would use.

The ordinance would also set fees to pay for responding to excessive false alarms — similar to an ordinance the city of Dallas passed earlier this year — and illegal burning fees.

"It will cover the cost of personnel and apparatus when responding to those calls," Hahn said.

The district board will do a first reading Tuesday, and a second reading and vote on Dec. 9.

The Tuesday meeting, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., will be at the district office, 915 SE Shelton St., Dallas. The proposed ordinance is available for review at the district office.

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