New Henderson County fee helping volunteer fire departments

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A new fee to help Henderson County volunteer fire departments is doing exactly what county leaders expected.

In April, the Henderson Fiscal Court added a $55 fee to resident’s property tax bills.

People were able to opt out of the fee.

Henderson County Judge-Executive Brad Schneider says so far projections have been proven to be right on.

Schneider did not have an updated revenue total, but is happy with how well it’s turning out.

“We’ve had very few complaints considering everybody that all the total number of county taxpayers that were involved, very few complaints,” said Schneider. “We’ve had very few errors in our system of tracking who opted out and who shouldn’t have had the $55 fee appear on their bill. We’ve only had like 8 where that mistake was made and we had over 1,700 opt outs and that’s less than 1%.”

Schneider said about 70 to 75-percent of the money raised will be dispersed back to volunteer fire departments later this month.

The rest of the money will trickle in over the following months.

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(This story was originally published November 7, 2017)

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