Rural fire protection contracts in Jacksonville expiring soon

By Ryne Turke on December 3, 2015 at 12:46pm

Jacksonville City Clerk Skip Bradshaw is reminding the public that rural fire protection contracts and business licenses expire at the end of the year.

Eligible businesses include bowling alleys, refuse haulers, movie theaters, skating rinks, taxi services, tree trimmers, children’s hospitals, tattoo parlors and horse drawn vehicles.

Rural fire protection coverage is provided by the Jacksonville Fire Department.

According to a press release, owners or occupants of rural commercial, industrial, residential and farm property in Jacksonville can obtain a contractual service at the City Clerk’s Office.

The annual fee is determined by assessed valuation of property and Jacksonville’s current tax levies for fire pension and fire protection.

Farmsteads are assessed on current improvements upon one-half acre of rural property.