The current fee is $175 for Fire Protection. This fee is used for firefighters' salaries, as well as to buy necessary equipment and to pay for operating expenses such as fuel and health insurance. Property owners pay this flat fee once a year, no matter how many times the fire department is called to their home or property for assistance.
Assessment fees are used for personnel and operating expenses. The fire impact fee pays for capital items, such as the construction of a new fire stations. Impact fees are one-time charges on all development and are paid when a project goes through the County permitting process. The fire services impact fee is only charged on projects located in areas served by the Lake County Fire Rescue Division. All proposed improvements are designed to contribute to the maximum credit possible in order to reduce Lake County’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Fire Protection Risk Classification, which helps continue to reduce fire insurance rates for both residential and commercial properties. For more information about the methodology for selecting locations for new fire stations, call the Lake County Public Safety Department at 352-343-9458.
Save on your property tax bill by taking of advantage of the discounts for early payment. If a property tax bill is paid in November, the property owner receives a 4 percent discount. For each month that passes, the savings decreases by one percentage point until March when the full amount is due. Residents may also qualify for Hardship Assistance for Fire Rescue Assessments. Low-income individuals who meet eligibility requirements may receive assistance with solid waste and fire assessment fees. This service is available annually from Nov. 1 to March 31. For more information, call 352-742-6501.