MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Some people in Clay County will soon be paying more for fire protection.
Manchester City Council members voted 5-3 Monday to double fire protection rates for some people who live just outside city limits.
"The Manchester Fire Department covers an area of five miles all the way around the city," Mayor George Saylor said. "With the exception of Garrard and it's about two miles I guess up there."
People in those areas will now be paying $100 every year per household instead of $50.
Saylor said the move is necessary because the city has only been collecting one-third of what it's owed for fire protection.
"The discussion was whether to pull the fire department back into the city and not cover nothing outside or to go ahead and cover it and raise the rates," Saylor said.
The council also voted at Monday's special meeting to keep the fire districts drawn the way they are.
"I think our fire department should stay within the city," council member Deanne Hensley said. "I think the exception should be churches and I'm sure schools are an exception anyway."
Another council member, Penny Robinson, said, "I hear people say to me 'I live in the city, why should my money go out to people out there?' But I do have a child that lives out in the county and I don't want his house to burn."
The increase will be spread out over the year. It does not affect people living in the city limits and those who are affected by it will notice the extra charges on their water bills.
The mayor said the increase will be implemented sometime in the next two months.