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City adopts fire protection funding resolution

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Property owners in Brooksville can expect to see a $5 increase in their property tax assessments for fire protection services and facilities for fiscal year 2022-2023 according to a resolution approved by the Brooksville City Council during its regular meeting on Aug. 15.

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Under the resolution the estimated assessments for a residential property dwelling unit is $174.6196; for a commercial property, $0.0616 per sq.ft., $0.0377 per sq.ft. for an industrial or warehouse properties and $0.1030 per sq. ft. for government or institutional properties. Assessments for vacant parcels is $33.5427 per parcel or lot.

According to the City’s fire assessment consultant Peter Napoli of Stantec Consulting the proposed rates reflect a 3 percent increase over last year’s rate and that is about a $5 annual increase to each residential property. Each year, Napoli helps the city prepare tax rolls for the Hernando County property appraiser and with the rate setting process by providing revenue estimates.

“There were 47 newly assessed properties as part of the property tax roll this year, most of them were vacant because of splits and vacant parcels,” Napoli told the panel. “The proposed rates recover about $1,053,000 million for the city’s fire department.”

Without discussion, members voted on the resolution which passed by a 3-2 vote with Council members Betty Erhard and Blake Bell voting against its adoption.

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