People served by the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District found out yesterday that they may have to start paying for services that other people get for free.
The department says it's been operating on a shoestring budget and voters have rejected several efforts to raise funding through bond measures.
They have three stations covering 250 square miles and the bottom line is that they need more fire stations.
So....they are going to start a cost recovery program where they will soon be charging to respond to car accidents, hazmat situations, illegal burning and water emergencies.
The chief only expects to generate $50,000 from the program in the fiscal year. He also urged citizens who don't understand the program to contact him directly and he'll answer any questions.
Jack and Carolyn talked about it on the air. Listen here: