The Ohio County Commission has agreed to a new fee that will help raise money for people who volunteer to keep you safe.
The amount of oil and gas well pads in the Ohio Valley has brought plenty of jobs, but also plenty of concern to local people. Local volunteer fire departments are included as they are the ones who put their lives on the line if anything goes wrong at these well pads.
The Ohio County Commission voted to implement an increased fire use tax for well pads and cell phone towers that will help out the first responders who volunteer their time and lives.
“The fire service fee is main revenue source for all of our volunteer fire departments,” Ohio County Commission President Tim McCormick said. “That’s how they get their equipment, that’s how they get their trucks, their buildings, when they have to do training. That’s how they pay for those things. It makes their lives a little easier. They know they can have up to date equipment, their trucks are going to be functional, they may be able to get more volunteers out of the whole thing.”
The new fee won’t affect any residential areas, but will applied to all commercial property. It cost about $5,000 a year for a well pad and about $650 a year for each cell phone tower.
Those fees should take effect by the time the July bills are sent out.