Coastal Georgia county to tax residents for fire service

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of coastal Georgia’s largest county will tax residents in unincorporated areas to provide fire service, abandoning a plan to try to force people to pay what have been voluntary subscriptions.

The Savannah Morning News reports that Chatham County commissioners voted Friday to cover $11.5 million in costs of Chatham Fire, a private group, out of county reserves. The county will then impose a fee on property tax bills for residents in unincorporated areas to recover the costs.

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