September 21, 2016 Edition

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WR enacts voluntary fire fee

The Walnut Ridge City Council enacted a monthly $5 voluntary fire fee at Monday's city council meeting. This fee will be printed on upcoming water bills with totals listed for both paying with or without the optional fee.

Depending on the support of this voluntary fee, this could prevent the council from having to raise property taxes to pay for the fire department.

Mayor Charles Snapp said the voluntary fee is higher than the previous fee, which was set at $2.50 for residential and $3 for commercial. The $5 fee was suggested so that if only half opt to pay, it will provide the needed funds.


Walnut Ridge is offering two forms in regard to the recently removed fire protection fee. One form is to be used by those seeking a refund for the past three years of fees paid, as set by the statute of limitations. The other form may be used for those wishing to waive the refund.

Waived refunds will return to the city's general operations, which may allow the city to continue with improvements to the park and roads and offer raises, all of which were considered on hold when the fire fee refund budget line item was created.

Those qualifying for the refund are strongly encouraged to fill out whichever form they choose to as soon as possible. Forms may be picked up at the mayor's office or printed out from the City of Walnut Ridge Facebook page. Those seeking refunds should allow 30-45 days for processing.

College City is a rural fire district and refunds do not apply for College City residents.

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