New Jersey City Considers Billing Insurers for Fire Calls

December 2, 2009

One New Jersey city is considering billing insurance companies for fire department services.

Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco is proposing insurers pay $500 for residential fire calls and $25,000 for fires in commercial buildings.

Fire department calls to car accidents could also be subject to bills.

Blanco says the plan could raise $150,000 per year at a time when the economy is taking a toll on the city’s budget.

Some residents oppose the ordinance, saying insurance companies would raise their rates.

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