BROOKLYN - The Fire Department of New York held a public hearing today on its proposal to begin charging for responding to motor-vehicle accidents.

FDNY officials admitted budget problems is the reason behind the proposed charges.

If the FDNY gets its way, residents could be paying $490 for a car crash or car fire with injuries, $415 for a car fire with no injuries and $365 for a car crash with no injuries.

Officials say the move could net the department $1 million a year. They say they don't have an exact timetable on when a decision will be made, but they could have one within the next two-to-four weeks.

FDNY looks to charge residents for car-crash responses