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Fire Rescue MSBU Assessments

Each year, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) holds advertised Public Hearings to adopt a Preliminary Rate Resolution, then a Final Rate Resolution establishing the rates for the Fire Rescue Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) and approving the methodology calculated by Government Services Group (GSG) for Residential Property Use Categories, Non-Residential Property Use Categories, and Land Property Use Categories. 

 

The Fire Rescue MSBU includes the entire unincorporated area of Walton County and the incorporated areas of the City of Freeport, and the City of Paxton, less and except those lands within the boundaries of the Liberty, Argyle, and South Walton Independent Fire Districts. 

 

Once the Final Rate Resolution is adopted by the BCC, Administration hand delivers the Certificate to Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll to the Tax Collector’s office by September 15th.

 

The Fire Rescue Assessments to be assessed and apportioned among benefited parcels pursuant to the cost apportionment and parcel apportionment to generate the estimated Fire Rescue Assessed Cost for the Fiscal Year commencing October 1, 2015, are established as follows:


FIRE RESCUE ASSESSMENTS

FISCAL YEAR 2015-16


Residential Property Use Categories
Rate Per Dwelling Unit
Residential  $75.00
 Non-Residential Property Use Categories
 Rate Per Square Foot
Commercial
$0.12
 Industrial/Warehouse $0.01
 Institutional $0.12
 Land Property Use Categories
 Rate
Agricultural/Vacant (Per Acre)
 $0.07


GSG receives their parcel data from the Property Appraiser’s office.  According to GSG, the term residential is defined as a structure/dwelling for which is “livable”; no barns, sheds, etc.  No Fire Rescue Assessment shall be imposed upon a parcel of government property or upon buildings categorized as institutional property whose building use is wholly exempt from ad valorem taxation under Florida law; however, government property that is owned by federal mortgage entities, such as the VA and HUD, shall not be exempted from the Fire Rescue Assessment. 


LINK TO HARDSHIP ASSISTANCE INFORMATION PAGE

LINK TO CORRECTION REQUEST (ERRORS IN FIRE RESCUE MSBU RATES OR CALCULATION)