Chatham County approves fire tax for unincorporated residents, but won’t collect quite yet

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About 10,000 county residents may have to pay a fire tax after Chatham Commissioners approved a number of measures to better fund and delineate Chatham Emergency Services’ borders of service.

The decision, made Dec. 29, does not implement a new tax, but amended the laws to allow for Chatham County to include fire taxes in the next fiscal year budget. The change replaces any fees paid by residents directly to Chatham Emergency Services. “It’s an invisible change,” explained County Manager Lee Smith said at the meeting.

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