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Ordinance 30-Fire Department Charges (Amended)
AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH CHARGES FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT SERVICES UNDER MICHIGAN PUBLIC ACT 33 OF 1951, AS AMENDED (COMPLIED LAW 41.801 etc.) AND TO PROVIDE METHODS FOR THE COLLECTION OF CHARGES AND EXEMPTIONS THEREFROM.

THE TOWNSHIP OF SPRINGPORT, JACKSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN ORDAINS:

Section 1: PURPOSE

The within ordinance is adopted for the purpose of providing financial assistance to the Township in the operation of a fire department from those receiving direct benefits from the fire protection service. It is the further purpose of the within Ordinance to provide for full funding of the fire department operation which remains, in part, an at-large governmental expense based upon the general benefits derived by all property owners within the Township from the existence of a Township Fire Department and its availability to extinguish fires within the Township and perform other emergency services.

Section 2: CHARGES

The following charges shall hereafter be due and payable to the Township from a recipient of any of the following enumerated services from the Township Fire Department:
A. Grass Fire $ 500.00
B. Rubbish Fire $ 500.00
C. Vehicle Fire $ 500.00D. House Fire, Barn & Related Structures $ 500.00
E. Fire in a Commercial Establishment $1000.00
F. Fire in an Industrial or Manufacturing Establishment $1000.00
G. Fire in a Multiple-Family Building $ 500.00
H. Hotel or Motel Fire $1000.00
I. Aircraft Fire $ 500.00
J. Truck Fire $ 500.00
K. Forest Fire $ 500.00
L. Emergency Rescue Service $ 250.00
M. False Alarm $ 100.00
N. 2nd False Alarm, 3rd, 4th, etc. $ 350.00
O. Other Services not Specifically Enumerated $ 500.00

Section: 3: TIME FOR PAYMENT FOR RUN
All of the foregoing charges shall be due and payable within 30 days from the date the service is rendered and in default of payment shall be collectible through proceedings in district court or in any other court of competent jurisdiction as a matured debt.

Section 4: EXEMPTIONS

The following properties and services shall be exempt from the foregoing charges:

A. Fires caused by railroad trains, which are the specific statutory responsibility of railroad
companies.
B. Fires involving township buildings, grounds and/or property.
C. Fire service performed outside the jurisdiction of the township under a mutual aid contract with an adjoining municipality.

Section 5: COLLECTION OF CHARGES

The Township may proceed in district court by suit to collect any monies remaining unpaid and shall have any and all other remedies provided by law for the collection of said charges.

Section 6: NON-EXCLUSIVE CHARGES

The foregoing rates and charges shall not be exclusive of the charges that may be made by the Township for the costs and expenses of maintaining a fire department, but shall only be supplemental thereto. Charges may additionally be collected by the Township through general taxation after a vote of the electorate approving the same or by a special assessment established under the Michigan statutes pertinent thereto. General fund appropriations may also be made to cover such additional costs and expenses.

Section 7: MULTIPLE PROPERTY PROTECTION

When a particular service rendered by the Township Fire Department directly benefits more than one person or property, the owner of each property so benefitted and each person so benefitted where property protection is not involved shall be liable for the payment of the full charge for such service hereinbefore outlined. The interpretation and application of the within section is hereby delegated to the Township Fire Chief subject only to appeal, within the time limits for payment, to the Township Board and shall be administered so that charges shall only be collected from the recipients of the service.

Section 8: SEVERABILITY

Should any provision or part of the within Ordinance be declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or enforceable, the same shall not effect the validity or enforce ability of this Ordinance which shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 9:
This Ordinance shall take effect April 1, 2003. All Ordinances or parts of Ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
Adopted: January 13, 2003
Amended: March 10, 2003