NJ city considers billing insurance for fire calls

PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) - December 1, 2009

Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco is proposing insurers pay $500 for residential fire calls and $25,000 for fires in commercial buildings.

Fire department calls to car accidents could also be subject to bills.

Blanco says the plan could raise $150,000 per year at a time when the economy is taking a toll on the city's budget.

Some residents oppose the ordinance, saying insurance companies would raise their rates.

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Information from: The Record of Bergen County, http://www.northjersey.com

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