Such a fee could be charged per household, and cover both fire and ambulance companies in the county and City of Hagerstown, said Hendershot, 61.
Hendershot, a former Hagerstown city councilman, said a fee is necessary because the companies are having a hard time finding volunteers. As a result, volunteer fire companies, in particular, likely will have to hire paid firefighters.
Hendershot's only criticism of McKee's proposal was its timing, he said.
He said the commissioners should request help from the local delegation when need be, rather than the delegation "imposing its will" on the commissioners.
"The good news is (the tax proposal) is out there," Hendershot said. "I agree with Bob, I just don't agree with the approach he took."