Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lake Worth to ask county for help with fire-rescue costs

Number one question: Why is Vice Mayor Mulvehill representing the city on this matter before the County Commission? Here we are being the poor victim again with hat in hand. This from the PBP article:

"As a result, the combined tax rate for city property owners has risen to $8.85 per $1,000 taxable value. Because that's close to the $10 per $1,000 taxable value maximum rate allowed by state law, city officials also will ask the county for permission to levy a fire assessment instead of the property tax to pay for fire and rescue service.

The assessment on parcels of property would allow the city to spread the cost to fire and rescue service to all property owners and remove the county fire levy from the property-tax equation.
Mayor Rene Varela said a per-unit assessment for fire and rescue service makes sense because the levy would not fluctuate with changes in property values.
"The value of the house is not significant," Varela said. "When it's burning down, they're still going to want the service."
This would effectively allow the City to levy higher taxes than the 10 mil state limit.  We are also paying for a study - like we are for the police services.  No word if the study is complete or not.  Brilliant quote from the Mayor.

Did this ever formally come before the City Commission?  Does that matter anymore?