Riverside, California 2022-05-11 21:09:48 –
Corpus Christi, Texas — Leonel Lopez has been an advocate for Colonia for many years. He is a former Corpus Christi firefighter who fought a fire in Colonia.
“They (residents) don’t have the money,” Lopez said.
He is worried that the new rates proposed by the Corpus Christi Fire Department will affect residents’ wallets in the event of a fire in their homes.
If a fire department or emergency medical service has to travel to them in an emergency, the fee will be charged to residents living outside the city.
Lopez is worried that this could put the colonial population at a disadvantage.
The Corpus Christi Fire Department said he couldn’t get home before the colonial residents’ homes burned out.
“Is it impossible for the fire truck to come out completely and go back? Just charge the people?” Lopez said.
So how much do residents living outside the city pay for the service?
Robert Rocha, director of the Corpus Christi Fire Department, said it depends on how far they live and the cost of equipment, personnel and mileage.
Rocha said he hopes that the inability of residents to pay is not a problem.
District 4 city council member Greg Smith said they weren’t discussing the issue either.
However, he said, this fee would be beneficial to CCFD, as residents currently living outside the city do not have to pay taxes to the fire department.
“It brings things closer to fairness and has these characteristics that depend on the services paid by others,” Smith said.
He added that on average, residents living within city limits pay about $ 670 a year for firefighting.
Mr Smith said the fire department will be reimbursed by the federal government for disasters, so fees will not apply in the event of a natural disaster.
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