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

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

City Clerk Betsy Roy stated in a council  brief that because GSG has contracts with other Florida cities and counties, Crestview can "piggyback off of these contracts, per our purchasing manual, without going out for competitive bids for the services."

Millage could drop

Traylor, in suggesting the assessment, followed the council's directive, Councilman Tom Gordon said.

"We've challenged the departments to come back and show how they could raise money or lower their budget," he said. "Chief Traylor did that."

"What I like is that it's fair to all the citizens and doesn't put the burden on a few," Council President Shannon Hayes said.

The assessment's supporters say it could reduce the city's millage rate, lowering the burden on the 43 percent of residents who pay property taxes.

But there's no guarantee that would happen, Councilwoman Robyn Helt said, adding, "It was presented as it could, not will, lower the millage."

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