Local government

New fee for Vale fire, ambulance kicks in this month

VALE – Residents and businesses will see a new fee on their utility bills at the end of July designed to help the Vale Fire & Ambulance Department.

The Vale City Council approved the new fees last month as a way to take some pressure off the city’s general fund and to help the fire department replace its aging ladder truck.

The new fee schedule will generate about $86,000 a year, said Vale City Manager Todd Fuller.

In one of the first steps to upgrade the fire department’s equipment, the council approved a lease Tuesday, July 5, for a 2022 Rosenbauer ladder truck. The first payment on the truck isn’t due until July 2023, said Fuller, and the new vehicle will cost the city about $85,000 a year.

That will leave only around $1,000 from the . . .