Alachua County and Hawthorne officials are terminating their agreement for fire services. The county's fire station in Hawthorne will close September 30. Now some residents of Hawthorne are wondering if they will have fire service at the beginning of the month.
Hawthorne's city manager says county officials wanted about $300,000 for the fire fee. They were only willing to pay $52,000. Both Hawthorne and county officials agree this isn't about dollars and cents.. it's about fairness.
Howthorne's city manager Chad Shryock says, "People inside the city limits would pay the equivalent of the MSTU. Which is what someone living outside of Hawthorne pays."
And Mark Sexton from the county, says, "If Hawthorne is not paying it's fair share for fire services that money is coming from somewhere else and that somewhere else is tax payers and unincorporated areas."
Hawthorne's city manager says the city already has firefighters and fire equipment ready. He also says by Monday a fire chief will be hired. County officials say all the firefighters at the fire station will transfer to another fire station.
By Gavin Johnson, WCJB TV20 News