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Fee increases for Waste, Fire Protection

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By Prevatt Lori

With the setting of annual assessment rates on the docket, the Board of County Commissioners held a four-hour public hearing Sept. 6 with approximately 30 Levy citizens in attendance.

After receiving feedback from numerous attendees, the Board passed a new rate for Solid Waste that shifts the burden of costs from user tipping fees to a $116 assessment fee. Fire Protection Services and EMS assessments also saw an increase in their respective rates.

Fire Protection was first on the agenda.

“The fire rate was raised to $90 in 2012 and has not been raised since,” BOCC chairman John Meeks said. “Keep in mind, all dual-certified firefighters receive a portion of their pay from this.”
Heather Senoza, an associate of Jeff Rackley, who conducts revenue studies based on proposed fees, presented the fees proposed by the Board in July: $129 for residents; $0.36 for commercial; $0.15 for industrial and $12 for agricultural lands.
Jared Blanton, the County Finance Director, responded to a request for an explanation of how the current $90 fee would not fund fire services.


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