funding alternatives shown in Appendix A, must give careful consideration to the ten
observations of the USFA.
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
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.