House Bill 127
152nd General Assembly (Present)
Out of Committee 4/26/23
Legislation has been voted out of Committee; now placed on the Ready List
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 9 AND TITLE 25 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION FEES.
This Act provides each county with the ability to impose, by duly enacted ordinance, a fire protection fee (fee). A county that enacts this fee must do all of the following: 1. Deposit all money collected from this fee in an account that is segregated from the county's general funds. 2. Establish criteria under which this money is distributed to fire companies providing fire protection in the county. 3. After using no more than 5% of the money annually deposited from this fee for administration of this fee, distribute all of the money collected, including accrued interest, within 18 months of receipt. In addition, under this Act: 1. A fire protection fee may be collected from property that is otherwise exempt from taxation unless an exemption from this fee is provided by the county. 2. A county may, by ordinance, establish penalties for the failure to pay a fire protection fee and establish procedures to abate the penalty. 3. The unpaid balance and any penalties become a lien on the property upon which the fire protection fee was incurred and the county may institute a proceeding to enforce this lien. 4. A fire company must include the money received from a fire protection fee in the annual audit required under § 6608 of Title 16. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual.
Takes effect upon being signed into law