Springfield residents may soon be paying a special assessment to help fund fire protection services and facilities.
The mayor and three of four commissioners approved the assessment Monday night but not before the public discussed it's concerns and thoughts in a three hour meeting.
The city was threatened with a downgrade of its overall fire rating by Insurance Services, Inc. last October.
ISO told the city it would need additional firefighters and training to maintain a rating of six.
If the city didn't make any changes before June, that rating could rise to a ten, which could result in a rise in insurance premiums in the city.
Before tonight, the city moved forward with hiring additional firefighters, but it needed a way to fund the extra staff.
Commissioners say residents could pay $88.31 per land parcel plus $0.62 per thousand dollars of improvements on that land.
It will be a one time annual cost, and residents could see a bill around July, after the commission moves through the legal process.