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    Default City considers fire-rescue fee for residents

    Dec 20, 2002

    Fire Rescue Fee Being Considered

    LAKE WALES, FL - The city will consider the possibility of a "fire rescue assessment" that would be levied against all property owners to help buy equipment for the Lake Wales Fire Department.

    City Manager Tony Otte said it is far too early to discuss the amount of any such fee, if one is eventually approved. If a fee were approved, Otte said, it could be offset by a reduction in the property tax rate.

    The fee would apply to all residents, including those who now pay no taxes because of homes that are valued less than the $25,000 homestead exemption. With a fire rescue fee, Otte said, "those residents would pay a fair share."

    Fire Chief Tom Tucker said the city must find some source of revenue to pay for fire equipment. The oldest of the city's four pumper trucks was bought in 1976; the newest in 1995.

    This year, the city set aside $28,000 toward the purchase of a new truck, but they cost $350,000 to $400,000.

    "At that rate, we'll never get a truck," Tucker said.
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