Consultants researching possible fire services fee; Crestview council commissions $19K study

Published: Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 03:05 PM.

CRESTVIEW — City water customers will see an extra charge on their monthly bills if the City Council implements a proposed fire services assessment fee.

The council recently voted 3-2 to spend $19,500 to hire Tallahassee Government Services Group consultants to determine the assessment's feasibility.

How it works

If the assessment is approved, all water utility users would pay an amount based on their percentage of impact on the fire department, Crestview Fire Chief Joe Traylor has said.

If enacted earlier, the assessment could've generated as much as $1.25 million of the department's current $3.7 million budget, Traylor estimated.

Under its study's first $19,500 phase, GSG will evaluate fire protection services demand and funding over the past three years and look at future needs based on the fire department's five-year plan.

The second phase, which would cost the city $9,500, would involve determining how much to assess water customers.

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