1. I already pay taxes, why should I be charged
additional fees for using fire services? The taxes levied in
the City of Flint allow for the provision of actually having a
professional fire department. The fees charged for the service
represent our costs of actually responding to fires and
The City of Flint, for a very long time, was able to provide
these services without charging additional fees. Recently,
however, continued reductions in state revenue sharing and other
revenue shortfalls have put the emphasis on finding areas where
we have been providing services for free that other communities
are charging for.
2. How were the charges decided upon? The charges
were calculated by examining two types of information. First,
the Fire Department and Administration surveyed what other
communities of the same size were charging for fire services.
Secondly, we examined what the typical insurance policy allowed
for. The aim of this program is to allow the City of Flint to
recoup as much as possible from the provisions in the typical
insurance policy, without cause excessive hardship on residents.
3. How long do I have to pay for my bill? The
timeframe for payment of fire service bills is the same as for
typical city bills, 30 days. However, if you cannot pay in a
timely manner, do not simply not pay the bill, it is best to
contact the City Treasurerís office at 810-766-7015. They have
representatives that are trained to help people meet their
financial obligations in the best way possible.
4. Whom can I contact with questions regarding my
bill? If the question is regarding the nature of the bill,
or dispute the validity of the bill, you may contact the Fire Financial Coordinator at 810-762-7336 extension
If the question is regarding the payment or arrangements to make
payment, please contact the Customer Service Center at
5. Where do I mail my check? Make all checks
payable to: Treasurer, City of Flint. Be sure to reference the
City Bill number which is on all bills from the City of Flint.
Mail payments to: Treasurer, City of Flint, 1101 S. Saginaw St.,
Flint, MI 48502.