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funding alternatives shown in Appendix A, must give careful consideration to the ten

observations of the USFA.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The Harrison Township Fire Department should consider the wide variety of

methods available to fund services and perhaps improve the equity of paying for the

service. This report has outlined a number of alternative funding sources that may be used

instead of, or in addition to, the property tax. Currently, the Harrison Township Fire

Department utilizes user fees in the form of Emergency Medical Service Transport Fees

and Cost Recovery Fees to offset some of the cost of providing emergency services. The

researcher recommends a thorough review of these fees using the guidelines presented in

Appendix B. Investigation into the possibility of incorporating additional user charges

and fees should be conducted. Particular attention should be given to fees for fire

prevention related activities, i.e. inspection fees, permit fees, plan review fees, etc.

Ordinances should be created and fee structures should be established to enable cost

recovery for responses to incidents involving the misuse of alcohol or drugs.

In addition, it is recommended that the Harrison Township Fire Department

investigate the possibility of funding emergency operations through local, state, or federal

grants.

Should the Harrison Township Fire Department incorporate any of the above

recommendations, further study into the effect the incorporation of funding alternatives

has on department operations should be conducted. Such a study should include the

financial, political and internal impacts of the alternative funding method.

Future readers of this research project should fully analyze the methods of funding

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