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Murrieta to consider $350 fee for 911 calls

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June 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A $350 emergency response fee for people who call 911 in Murrieta will be considered by the city council on Tuesday.

The move is aimed at closing a gap in the fire department's budget by charging for the paramedic service the city began offering in the 1990s.

Murrieta residents and business owners could avoid paying the fee by signing up for an emergency "subscription program," which is $48 a year.

That would cover all emergency calls.