Mexico Beach City Council Reaches Fire Department Funding Solution

MEXICO BEACH, Fla. - Mexico beach officials reached a solution to the city's pressing fire department funding issue. 

As we know, the Mexico Beach fire chief requested $788,126 per year to maintain the department with an improved ISO rating.

Mayor Al Cathey started the meeting with two options he considered were more fair to residents and businesses than some of the other options discussed.

After much deliberation between council members, residents, and the mayor, the council voted to stick with the same system they used a few months ago.

Residents taxes won't change but businesses will pay much more, depending on the square footage of their buildings. 

Mayor Al Cathey was the only one who voted against it.

"The amount of money asked for the business people to pay, there was a lot of concern. So I carried that forward to tonight's meeting trying to find another way that we could find what I thought would be a more fair system," Cathey said.

The city council had until September to decide on an option. 
Cathey said although his ideas weren't chosen, he's happy to have the problem solved.

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