Dorchester Co. to charge non-residents for accident response

VIDEO: Dorchester Co. considers emergency fees, keeping school resource officers in DD2

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County will soon start charging fees to non-county residents who require the help of the county's fire-rescue department during vehicle accidents in unincorporated areas.

County Council unanimously passed a third reading of the new ordinance on Monday evening.  It will go into effect in 30 days.

Under the ordinance, fees will be imposed based on the response of the department.  For example, the fee is $195 per hour if command vehicles are deployed. The fee is $2,015 if a person needs to be removed from an accident with hydraulic tools.

Council members also passed a second reading of a plan to keep deputies inside DD2 schools as school resource officers. The school district says a one mill tax increase would be enough money to keep all current school resource officers in place and add two or three more to schools.  A third reading and a public hearing on the issue will be held at 1pm on Monday, July 27th.

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