Bills for police service in the mail

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Residents and businesses in unincorporated Salt Lake County will receive a new bill in the mail this week. The county has sent out the first bills to collect fees for police protection.

The bills will go to 40,000 homes, 161 auto dealerships, 111 churches, plus grocery stores, gas stations and more.

Homeowners will pay about $174 a year. Some businesses will pay millions of dollars.

If all goes as planned, the fees will help the county recoup millions in recession-related losses for law enforcement.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the only recent change in the fee resulted when the county learned it was about to double bill people with home-based businesses. Now those homeowners will get just one bill.

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