Mayor of Walnut Ridge looks to repeal Ordinance 507

Mayor of Walnut Ridge looks to repeal Ordinance 507

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - Mayor Charles Snapp is asking the City Council to repeal Ordinance 507 at Monday's meeting using the emergency clause.

His staff has been reviewing and gathering documents related to the fire protection fee Walnut Ridge residents and businesses pay.

The fees make up a portion of the budget that pays their firefighters and maintains equipment and trucks.

According to Snapp, the fee is one the things that has allowed Walnut Ridge to maintain such a low ISO rating, which saved everyone in town on the cost of fire insurance and benefited adjoining towns and communities.

Snapp said repealing Ordinance 507 will eliminate the $2.50 monthly fee on commercial buildings as well as a $3.00 fee for residential water bills and varying fees on industrial water bills.

This is not the first ordinance that Snapp's administration has found fault with nor the first the city council will have had the opportunity to fix.

Snapp does believe, however, that Ordinance 507 is the first ordinance they've found a possible flaw with involving fees to residents.

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