New city plan would charge for emergency costs

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Mayor Tim Keller is looking to bill drivers for car accidents that require hazardous material cleanup and passenger removal. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the mayor’s new budget proposal includes a new cost recovery channel for Albuquerque Fire Rescue. If approved, fees could range from $400 to over $1,000. 

Officials say the proposal passes on the cost of complex accidents more directly, but critics argue it charges more for services already funded by taxes. 

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