County to host public meetings for updated fire assessment methodology


​SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County Emergency Services is in the process of updating the methodology for determining fire assessments and is inviting the community to learn about the proposed changes to the fire assessment program. Fire assessments are charges imposed against real property to fund the fire services provided to citizens.

Residents may attend any or all of the following public meetings at to learn more and provide comments. Meetings will take place at 6 p.m. on the following dates at these locations:
  • May 2: North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.
  • May 4:  Fire Station No. 10, 35 Vic Edwards Rd., Sarasota.
  • May 9: Fire Station No. 1, 1445 4th St., Sarasota.
  • May 11 and May 18: Fire Station No. 16, 5875 Hummingbird Ave., Sarasota
  • May 16: Gulf Gate Library, 7112 Curtiss Ave., Sarasota.

Sarasota County is committed to keeping the public involved and up-to-date throughout the process. The proposed amount for fire assessments will be shared with the Sarasota County Commission at a public hearing set for May 23. The commission will make an initial decision on the fire assessment fee at that public hearing. Residents will receive a notice of proposed taxes in August with the new fire assessment fees that will be assessed on their tax bill mailed in November. Commissioners will decide the final rates for fire assessment fees at the public hearing for final budget adoption in September.  

Current fire assessment rates and methodology remain unchanged since 2003. During that time the county experienced tremendous growth across all areas of commercial, residential, and multi-family properties. Based upon an initiative to update the fire assessment program, a review of fire department service delivery and historical emergency incident data identified the need to update the assessment methodology. The new methodology accounts for the growth and shifts in fire department responses which results in reductions to some property classifications and increase to other property classifications.
The new change in methodology will include government buildings and removes special agricultural zones, reducing the number of classifications from four to three. The assessment will also only include primary structures and not out buildings such barns, sheds and similar structures.










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