Ophir Hill Fire proposes a fire suppression fee for property owners | TheUnion.com

Ophir Hill Fire proposes a fire suppression fee for property owners

The Ophir Hill Fire Protection District Board of Directors is proposing a special assessment, or fire suppression fee, on properties within the district so they can staff the Colfax Highway fire station 24 hours a day.

The fee would raise the amount received by the district from property taxes on a $450,000 a single family residence, for example, from approximately $10.10 – currently a percentage of property tax – to a flat assessment amount of $113.90 per year.

That breaks down to 31.2 cents per day, which would enable the fire district to hire two additional permanent firefighters and one seasonal firefighter.

The figures were determined by an engineering firm hired by the district.

District staff say the additional staff is crucial for the safety of district residents.

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