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Rural fire charges expected to increase
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TOWN OF MONROE - Rural residents in the towns of Clarno, Monroe and parts of Sylvester can get ready to see their fire call bills double, if they have to call out the Monroe Fire Department in the future. The city has asked the rural townships to pony up a total of $100,000 per year, up from $12,500, to cover their portion of fixed costs - the administrative costs and the work and training to maintain the city fire department's readiness for rural calls. The cost per rural call is also expected to increase, about 20 percent for vehicles and 6-20 percent for personnel.