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|Fire protection fee proposed for Monterey|
Voters in Fire Protection District No. 1 in the Monterey area will decide during an election this fall whether they want to pay a $75 per household fee per year for fire protection.
The Concordia Parish Police Jury agreed during its regular meeting Monday night to call a referendum on that issue at the request of District No. 1 Fire Chief Jim Graves. The date for the election was not set Monday night.
"We're growing and a lot of people don't pay homestead exemption and that's costing the district money when more and more calls are being made," Graves said.
He said the district currently operates on a 10-mill tax that generates about $70,000 annually. A three-mill tax recently expired, he said, and voters will not be asked to renew that measure.
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