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Notices of Brooksville's new fire fee to be mailed out on Friday

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville residents who have been receiving their county property tax notices will soon have another bill that needs attention — the city's new fire assessment.

The city will begin mailing out notices Friday to all property owners, informing them that the fee is due.

They will have until Jan. 15 to pay the assessment before it becomes delinquent.

Adopted in June by the City Council, the two-tiered assessment is a new fee that could not be implemented until it was validated in Circuit Court. Brooksville fire Chief Tim Mossgrove said that by the time the validation period ran out, it was too late to add the fee to this year's county property tax notices.

At their final budget hearing in August, council members chose to fund $400,000 of the Fire Department's 2012-13 budget through the special assessment, with the rest paid for from the city's general fund.

Property owners this year will be charged a $71 flat fee, plus 52 cents per $1,000 of improvements on all parcels, with the exception of religious establishments and nonprofit organizations.

That means a property owner with $100,000 worth of improvements will be assessed $52 on the improvements, plus the flat fee, for a total of $123.

The special assessment will fund, in part, the costs associated with providing fire protection services and facilities. The total to be assessed will be reviewed each year during the council's budget discussions, and can be set at any amount up to $600,000 annually.

Mossgrove said that starting next year, the fire fee will appear on county tax notices as a non-ad valorem assessment.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@tampabay.com.

Notices of Brooksville's new fire fee to be mailed out on Friday 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 7:35pm]
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