Increase in Urban Fire Service Rates - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Increase in Urban Fire Service Rates

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If you live in Yellowstone County and are served by Billings Urban Fire, your annual fee will go up five percent.

County Commissioner Bill Kennedy says there's been an increase in the cost of equipment, labor, and gas, resulting in an 11% increase to costs. Instead of raising your rates the full 11% now, county commissioners decided to do it in increments.

"We're seeing increases on a lot of bills coming in. And if we can spread it out so the tax payers, the people paying fees, can have it spread out over a few years, then we don't see as high of a spike in raising the fee levels," says Kennedy

The 5% increase will begin in 2014.