Gainesville Fire Rescue Educates Residents On Fire Assessment Fees
If the fee is passed, homeowners, religious institutions, and commercial property owners can all expect to feel the financial pinch.
Leading up to the July 16th meeting when Gainesville City Commissioners will vote on the fee, Gaineville Fire Rescue has been holding informational meetings to inform concerned citizens how the assessment fee would affect them.
Gainesville Fire Rescue Chief Bill Northcutt says the department is facing a shortfall of $650,000 to next year's budget. In a tight budget year, many municipalities are asking taxpayers to help with budget shortfalls by paying extra fees.
On average, homeowners could see an additional bill up to 30-dollars for the year. While warehouse, commercial and institutional property owners would pay based on square footage from 2-cents to 6-cents per square foot.
Now, the city has asked the University of Florida if they would contribute to the fire services the city provides them, which amounts to roughly three million dollars a year.
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