For the second year in a row, 56 percent of the cost of funding the Commerce Fire Department will not come from the city.
Instead, residents of the East Jackson Fire District will pay $177,000 of the Commerce Fire Department’s $272,323 budget for the current fiscal year, in spite of the fact that during 2012 only 17.2 percent of the department’s fire calls were in the East Jackson Fire District.
Under an agreement between Jackson County and Commerce, the East Jackson Fire District can levy up to three mills of ad valorem taxes with which it contracts with Commerce for fire services. The current levy is 1.6 mills, unchanged in years.
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