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Collier fire officials continue to pitch fee increase

Posted at 10:42 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 22:42:57-04

You could be paying more to keep your house safe during a fire.

The North Collier Fire District is proposed a fee increase to deal with aging trucks and to build new fire stations.  The fee could range from $20 to $240 depending on the value of your home.

"Everything we do revolves around their safety, and their well being to make sure they have the tools and equipment to do what is required of them," said North Collier Fire Executive Director Sal D'Angelo.

The fee would be in addition to the property tax already assessed on your home, though fire commissioners could decrease the mileage rates for those living in the service area.  Though some residents will likely pay more than others.

"Some residents will, some residents will not.  Some commercial properties and some in nursing homes and residences for the aged and certain hospitals will be paying more," said D'Angelo.

Which is why people living at Bentley Village are opposing the tax because it puts an unfair burden on seniors.

The fire district says it is fine tuning the proposal, but is hoping to raise 3 million dollars in revenue from the fee.

"We need to raise more money, we are growing out here, there is definitely a fire station that will be needed,” said resident Annette Kniola.

The fire commission still has to sign off on this fee increase, if they do, it will appear on the August 28th primary ballot.

There is a town hall scheduled for June 7th at 10:00 am at First Integrity Bank on Pine Ridge Road, to discuss how the fee would affect businesses.

Another town hall for the general public will be held June 19th, at 7:00 pm at Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, 1225 Piper Road.