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County EMS, fire assessments may go up this year

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New rates will be on TRIM notices this year

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County fire assessments would be more than doubled to $110 from $40 per residence and the emergency medical services assessment would rise from $78 to $119 per residence under preliminary resolutions unanimously adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday.
The amount approved is the maximum amount that can set and it can be lowered by the commission when they adopt the final assessments after a public hearing on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.  The higher assessments would raise $2,319,378 for fire services and $3,025,813 for EMS services if all property owners — including those exempt from paying property taxes — paid the full assessments.
"This would be the ceiling," said Heather Escinosa of Nabors, Giblin & Nicherson of Tallahassee, the board's consultant on assessments. She also assured commissioners, "You will have a lot of interested citizens attending that meeting."


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