Commission OKs fire department fees, new district incentives

The Lincoln County Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved fee increases for the Trego/Fortine/Stryker Fire Department area.

Owners of residential structures will now be assessed at $100 per year, an increase from $50 per year.

For non-fuel commercial structures, fire service charges will increase from $76 annually to $152 annually.

The assessment of commercial structures with fuel will increase from $112 annually to $224 annually, depending on the resolution.

The commissioners held a public hearing on April 14.

In other business Wednesday, the commission unanimously approved a local commercial property rated capital improvement district, in conjunction with the town of Libby.

C-PACE is a new state program for owners of incentive commercial properties to make energy efficiency upgrades.

Eligible commercial properties include farms, office buildings, nonprofits — including places of worship — and multi-tenant buildings, depending on the state.

The program is used for investments such as solar panels, heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades, lighting and motors, according to the state.

Under the program, commercial building owners evaluate and select projects to reduce energy costs and obtain financing, according to the state.

Local governments then add the assessment to their tax roll, and the homeowner pays the assessment over a term of up to 20 years, depending on the state.

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