When the Boise City Council meets Tuesday afternoon, lawmakers will reconsider revisions to the city code concerning charges for fire and rescue services. The council approved changes for rescue fees in June 2011, but it turned out that a number of the fees were in conflict with existing code so council members need to revisit the issue.
False-alarm fees, in place since 2004, are being boosted from $25 for a fourth incident to $75 for a second incident. Swift water rescues when the river has previously been considered dangerous by authorities would result in $1,000 in fees, and minor or major hazmat incidents may result in fees ranging from $450 to $2,500.
The fees are expected to mitigate approximately $40,000 in additional costs to the Boise Fire Department.