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Vale proposes fee to bolster fire department

Jess Tolman, the chief of the Vale Fire and Ambulance, says a survey showed support for a fee to support the community's fire service. (The Enterprise/FILE)

VALE -– Homeowners in Vale would pay $10 a month to bolster fire protection under a proposal being crafted by Vale city officials. Businesses would be charged $35 a month.

The proposed fee follows a survey conducted by the Vale Fire Department that showed strong support for such a fee to add fire gear and staffing to the local agency.

“The numbers were really positive,” said Fire Chief Jess Tolman. “I’m extremely encouraged.”

A city ordinance creating the fee is being drafted for the Vale City Council and Tolman expects a public hearing once the council gets the ordinance.

He has made the case that the fire agency needs . . .