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Questions on the ‘fire’ assessment

April 11, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

I am confused on the Fire Service Assessment and the way it is billed to the property owners.

It is my understanding that the $62.01 is per parcel, no matter the size of the ground area? If a property owner has an acre lot and has two or more buildings on the parcel, is he/she charged the same $62.01?

I live in a condo with three floors. There are 12 buildings in my complex, making it 12 parcels. But, all 144 owners on all three floors are assessed the $62.01 per condo although the second and third floors are not actually touching the ground parcel.

This means that everyone that lives in a condo in Tarpon Point, Cape Harbor, etc. have been charged this $62.01 per parcel. How about owners of apartment buildings? What and how are they charged?

Also it is my understanding that the Fire Service Assessment will go into the General Fund and then other General Fund money will be used for things other than the Fire Department. Since this is a fact, it is not truly a Fire Service Assessment. If it were solely a Fire Service Assessment, it would be on a separate budget line.

Can anyone explain this to me?

Mary McLaughlin

Cape Coral



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