According to the Northwest Florida Daily News
, City Manger Michael Beedie confirmed that he and Fire Chief Ray Perkins will address the proposed fire fees at 8am at the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce office this morning
“A fire assessment fee is nothing new in Florida government. There are many cities, many counties across Florida that use a fire assessments fee to fund their fire protection efforts. A fire assessment fee cannot be used for anything else except fire protection. The money that’s collected must go for the protection of buildings.”
What will the fire services assessment pay for: According to the City of FWB
, the fire services assessment will allow the City to retire old, unreliable vehicles and to hire essential firefighting personnel for quicker response, better operations, and improved City coverage.
So how much will the fire services assessment cost you? Well, the annual assessment number of will be divided by 12 (months) and applied to the utility bill monthly.
- $13.33 per residential dwelling unit monthly
- $0.17 per square foot of commercial property annually
- $0.04 per square foot of industrial/warehouse property annually
The city is expecting that the fire services assessment will generate $2,500,000 in revenue.
A second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the City Council meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6pm at City Hall where council will vote on this. Currently, the vote sits at 6-1 in favor of establishing.
For more info on the Fire fee, you can go here for FAQs
, watch the video below, attend the meeting this morning at the Chamber, as well as attend the Council meeting tomorrow night.