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Lets look at the big picture of the ramifications in paying for fire service. First of all an assessment applied to non commercial properties are normally not allowed as a tax deduction. So by including it in the millage a homeowner can usually use it to off set their tax liabilities.
On the other hand, homesteaded properties pay an unequal rate for property taxes and thus would pay an unequal amount for the fire portion.
Applying both to the current base should be looked at to render the best/fairest method to apply.
In giving it a quick look I do think most and maybe all the fire cost should come from the millage rate.
Only by looking at it in detail can one come up with a good/fairest ratio. Guess what? Its not that hard. The property appraisers office has all the base numbers. If given those numbers and a couple of hours I could come up with a solid model for each any you might be able to do it even faster!!
You put 50 percent of fire department cost in ad valorem. Then you base fire assessment in residential on square footage. This way almost no one's fire assessment goes up.
Then you do not allow millage rate increase and you eliminate the least liked capital improvement project.
Millage rate stays the same or goes down and the fire assessment is paid for by consultants/professionals and our budget is leaner.
We have the opposite operation going on right now.