Sustaining Fire Services for the Residents of Putnam County

Commercial Square Footage Schedule

Square Footage


0-2500 $75
2501-3750 $150
3751-5000 $225
5001-6250 $300
6251-7500 $375
7501-10,000 $450
10,001-12,500 $525
12,501-15,000 $600
15,001-17,500 $675
17,501-20,000 $750
20,001 & Above $1125

The Putnam County Fire Fee Ordinance has established two distinct pay schedules, catering to both Commercial and Residential (non-commercial) properties, to ensure the ongoing operation of the Fire Departments in the county.

Through the collection of fire fees, Putnam County is able to maintain the vital services provided by its Fire Departments. The revenue generated from these fees is allocated to cover a range of essential expenses, including utilities, insurance, worker’s compensation, facility maintenance, equipment and apparatus repairs, comprehensive training programs, operational services, preventive maintenance, inspections, fuel costs, and administrative expenditures. These funds play a crucial role in supporting the day-to-day operations of the fire stations, facilitating the prompt response to emergencies, and maintaining the readiness of the firefighting personnel.

This fee is only enough to cover operating expenses to keep the stations open. The stations search heavily for grants and other funding sources to produce the difference for items such as firefighter gear, rescue tools, and equipment such as hoses. Your stations need your support to help cover the rising costs of expenses for both operations and the tools needed to protect life and property.

For Commercial entities within Putnam County, their contribution to the fire service is determined by a rate schedule based on the square footage of their properties. By participating in this funding mechanism, commercial establishments actively invest in enhancing fire protection services, contributing to the overall safety and well-being of the community.

Today, volunteer fire departments face a declining membership nationwide as volunteers become harder and harder to find. Your support, participation, and understanding of the current and future needs will help create the level of protection our county deserves and expects. Something like that to stress involvement with present needs.

The Putnam County Fire Fee Ordinance stands as a testament to the county’s commitment to providing robust fire protection services, ensuring that its Fire Departments remain adequately funded and equipped to safeguard lives and property effectively. Together, through these contributions, the community works towards creating a safer environment for everyone.


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