Officials from the new Refugee-Canyon Fire District this week asked the Licking County Commissioners for a break on the fee they are charged to dispatch emergency calls.
According to Union Township and Refugee-Canyon Fire District Trustee Charlie Prince, their agency recently learned from Licking County Emergency Management Agency Director Sean Grady they will have to begin paying a dispatch fee of $15 per run because they're a new entity.
The new fire district was officially formed at the end of October following approval by Hebron's council members and Union Township's trustees. Despite the concern on the fee, the district is moving ahead with building a new station along Ohio 37.
Hebron Mayor and fire district chairman Jim Layton expressed concerns about the dispatch fee, asking whether there was any written policy for the charge and whether any other Licking County departments were paying the fee.