Cherokee County moves to drop new fire department fee

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) - A county council in South Carolina is working to drop an ordinance setting fees for fire department calls. Cherokee County Council voted Tuesday night to repeal the Feb 1. law setting fees for fire service response.

There was no discussion about the vote.

Some council members said the original ordinance was a way to help volunteer fire departments recover the costs of responding to hazardous material spills by billing insurance companies. But some people worried because the ordinance allows fire departments to bill those responsible for a response.

A final vote to overturn the law is expected next month.

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