[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pacific as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Fire Protection Charges
[Adopted 9-18-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-7]
This article is adopted pursuant to the authority granted town boards under § 60.55(2)(b), Wis. Stats., which allows towns to recover the costs of fire calls made to property within the Town. This article supersedes and replaces Ordinance No. 95-1.
The Town of Pacific, Columbia County, Wisconsin, hereby imposes a charge for each fire call made within the limits of the Town of Pacific. Such fee shall be equal to the actual cost to the Town for the fire call. If the call is to real estate located within the Town, the charges shall be imposed on all owners of the real estate to which the particular fire call is made. In the event that a fire call is not made to real estate located within the Town, but is instead made to personal property, such as a vehicle, the charges provided for under this article shall be imposed on all owners of such personal property.
The fire call charges provided for in this article shall be paid in full to the Clerk of the Town of Pacific no later than 60 days after the date of the fire call. Failure to pay the bill within 60 days will result in interest being charged at the rate of 1 1/2% per month from the date of the bill. Those bills for fire calls to real estate, including interest, that remain outstanding for more than 90 days, as of November 1 of any year, shall become a lien against the real estate and shall be placed on the tax roll as a delinquent, special charge under § 66.0627, Wis. Stats.
The Town of Pacific contracts with the Portage Fire Department to provide fire protection services in the Town. Any property owner requesting fire protection directly from any fire department, other than the department contracted to serve that portion of the Town, shall be responsible for the full costs billed to the Town resulting from the fire call. This section shall not apply to the costs of any other fire department responding at the request of an authorized department under a mutual aid agreement.
When the Town incurs a charge for a fire department responding to a fire call regarding a vehicle fire on any road located within the Town, then a fee equal to the amount of that charge is hereby imposed upon the person to whom the fire call was provided. The Town may then proceed against that person and that person's insurer, as provided in § 60.557, Wis. Stats., and as otherwise provided under Wisconsin law, to collect that fee. That fee shall be paid in full no later than 60 days after the Town submits a billing covering the fee owed to the Town.