Fire fee dis­pute brew­ing

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In its let­ter the town called upon Fresh­wa­ter res­i­dents to “ work to­gether to re­solve this is­sue and en­sure that fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices con­tinue for the res­i­dents of Fresh­wa­ter.”

The town would not with­draw the ser­vice un­til 30 days af­ter pro­vid­ing the district with writ­ten no­tice of their in­ten­tion to do so.

The Car­bon­ear Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment pro­vides fire pro­tec­tion to the un­in­cor­po­rated com­mu­nity, for which the town charges the lo­cal ser­vice district an an­nual fee of $40 per house­hold. The district is re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing that fee from in­di­vid­ual house­hold­ers.

Davis ex­plained the fee was ar­rived at by di­vid­ing the to­tal an­nual cost of pro­vid­ing the ser­vice by the num­ber of house­holds. Fresh­wa­ter has ap­prox­i­mately 119 house­holds, which brings the to­tal an­nual fee to $4,760.

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