Pike fire districts considering fees

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:01 PM

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Volunteer fire departments in Pike County are considering a subscription fee for residents to offset budget cuts.

The Appalachian News-Express and WYMT-TV report members of the Pike County Firefighters Association met Monday night to discuss the proposal. Pike County Firefighters Association President Randy Courtney said several questions and concerns were brought up at the meeting and more research is needed to decide whether to present the proposal to county officials.

"There's several questions and concerns that we had," Courtney said. "We haven't set an amount yet."

Courtney said some of the county's 26 volunteer fire departments will lose $20,000 due to cuts approved in the Pike County Fiscal Court's budget for 2013-2014.

He said the association hopes to have a proposal ready to present to magistrates later this year.

"We don't look to have this thing ready before October or November, probably, to even take before the court," he said. "We want to have all our ducks in a row."

Courtney said the association will pull the proposal if their research finds it wouldn't be right for Pike County, but then it would look at other options to bring in funding for the departments.

"I really think this will be good for everybody," Courtney said. "Nobody likes to pay any more than they have to. But there are some services there that we are rendering."

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