Helt questions Crestview's proposed fire assessment fee

Published: Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 05:07 PM.

Council President Shannon Hayes agreed with assessing all property owners, saying 57 percent of homeowners pay no city taxes.

“These people who have been getting a free ride for years and years and years are finally going to have the opportunity to contribute their fair amount,” Hayes said.

“Let’s talk about the 57 percent,” Helt said. “Some are retired or disabled; they have practiced fiscal restraint. …We shouldn’t look for loopholes to get around protections like the homestead exemption.”

Helt advocated the city “reduce spending and increase efficiencies” instead of adding more to residents’ tax burden.

“Just this one report alone cost $20,000 for very simple math that we could very easily come up with on our own,” she said.

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