Alberton ups the rate for rural fire dues

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- Mayor Michael Murphy defended the Town of Alberton’s decision Monday night to raise fire dues for the rural fire district by an average of 9.7 per cent. The increase will see the rate for fire protection increasing to $71.50 for most households from the old rate of $65.00.

“It’s not like a major increase,” said Mayor Murphy. “It’s been quite a few years since it’s been increased. It shouldn’t be too much of a hardship for people.”

The town will take in $137,000 from rural fire dues in 2014, up from $120,000 last year.

Asked by councilor Natasha Dunn how the rate increase was figured. Finance chairman David Cahill said the town changed the formula of how fire protection is divvied up between the town and the rural districts.

“I think the rural fire districts should be paying their fair share where we, as the town - residents in the Town of Alberton - are paying more for fire protection than the rural fire districts are,” Cahill commented.

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