Pennsylvania Companies Examine Fire Tax

Faced with fewer volunteers, greater call volumes and rising expenses, some PA volunteer fire companies are taking a closer look at municipal fire taxes.
At least 15 municipalities in Dauphin County (PA) have a fire tax, according to the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

In Palmyra, the fire company hopes a study will determine not only the cost of a new station, estimated in the past at $2 million-$4 million, but how it could be paid for. The most cost-effective way of funding a fire station might be a fire tax, fire Chief David Dugan said, adding, “It doesn’t have to stay forever.”
Having a fire tax is a more clear-cut method of fire company funding, Borough Manager Roger Powl said. “A fire tax makes it clean, and everyone contributes,” Powl said.

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