The term of the contract for both was to begin on July 1, 2017 and terminate on June 30, 2018. County Council approved last month to continue their previous agreement with the two municipalities until a new contract could be ratified.
Under the proposed agreement, Fountain Inn and Clinton would continue to provide fire suppression for all fires and rescue incidents in the service area.
On Tuesday night, Fountain Inn asked for a 5 percent raise from the $205,493.65 they received for 2016-2017. Clinton asked for a two percent raise from the $294,616.72 they received for 2016-2017.
Council decided to discuss and vote on the requests at their August 8 meeting. That would allow for the third reading and public hearing on the 2017-2018 budget to be held on August 22.
The 2017-2018 contract with the City of Fountain Inn will be the last agreement between the two parties. County Council voted last year to give the City of Fountain Inn a two-year notice that they would not be utilizing their services after that time. Laurens County Fire Services will move into the new Thompson Road Fire Station that will serve the northern part of Laurens County, now served by Fountain Inn.