The Florida Supreme Court has affirmed another apportionment methodology for fire services assessments. This means that now there are two Court-approved methodologies: the long-standing historical demand methodology and the new two-tiered methodology that allows local governments to use the value of structures as a method to allocate a portion of the costs of providing fire services. This Court decision does not invalidate current fire assessment methodologies (which have also been approved by the Florida Supreme Court), but provides an alternative methodology to apportion the costs paid by property owners.
The two-tiered methodology is not for everyone, it includes the mandatory imposition of the assessment on all unimproved land (vacant and agricultural properties) and the uniform application of a base charge to all properties (e.g., box stores and quarter-acre vacant lots will pay the same base charge). The value-based component of the methodology may involve more complexity in the database development due to the consistency of the data available from the ad valorem tax roll.
Now that this alternative methodology has been “blessed” by the Florida Supreme Court, Government Services Group will offer it to all clients in addition to the traditional methodology based on historical fire calls.
If you’re interested in learning how this approach compares to the historical demand methodology relative to your jurisdiction, Government Services Group can conduct an analysis of the pros and cons between your existing methodology and this newly approved methodology. We have developed an interactive database that will allow you to review and analyze the impacts of both methodologies on a tax parcel basis.
As Government Services Group is the leader in shaping case law regarding special assessments in Florida, don’t hesitate to contact us for a scope of services and proposed fee or to explore further options.
Government Services Group, Inc. (GSG) was part of the City of Marathon team that received an invitation to participate in the Sustainability Tools for Assessing & Rating Communities (STAR Communities) Fall 2015 Leadership Program.
The STAR Communities provides tools and support services to city and county leaders with the goal of recognizing and improving sustainable communities, a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being for residents. The program helps communities gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and needs with respect to developing a sustainable community. The STAR Communities program provides a springboard for civic engagement, encouraging cross-agency coordination, integrating budgeting and performance measures and encouraging economic development.
The City of Marathon was among seven municipalities chosen nationwide to participate in the Fall 2015 Leadership Program. The rating system for certification includes seven goal areas and 44 sustainability objectives. The City of Marathon is working towards the sustainability certification through surveys and other initiatives. Government Services Group will continue to assist the City and their staff throughout the process.
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GSG has partnered with MWH Americas, Inc. to oversee the successful implementation of RESTORE Act funds to Citrus County. For more information on The RESTORE Act Citrus County, Florida visit www.citruscountyrestoreact.com/.
GSG has offices in Tallahassee, Longwood, Gainesville and Cudjoe Key. GSG’s Longwood office, formally located at 280 Wekiva Springs Road, Protegrity Plaza Suite 2000, Longwood, Florida has moved to the suite across the hall. We are now located in suite 2070. In addition to the relocation of the Longwood office, our former Key West location also relocated to 22968 Overseas Highway, Cudjoe Key, Florida 33042.
GSG’s Longwood office is home to the Municipal Services Division (MSD). The MSD specializes in management support services in the areas of capital program management, utility operations, capital financing and bond issue compliance, contractual performance oversight, financial administration, full service governmental accounting, utility customer service, billing services and city and county property services.
GSG’s Cudjoe Key location houses a branch of our Community Services Division (CSD). The CSD specializes in providing state and local governments with grants management services related to economic development, disaster recovery, neighborhood revitalization, housing rehabilitation, and commercial revitalization.
Government Services Group attended the 2015 annual Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) Conference in Orlando, Florida on May 27-30. As a Gold sponsor of the FCCMA, GSG is proud to share in the organization’s mission to provide quality services to Florida cities and counties. During this year’s conference, GSG showcased our ability to develop innovative alternative funding solutions for infrastructure improvement projects.
As GSG continuously provides solutions for governments, we helped to fund infrastructure projects in the City of Sunrise for the Metropica Improvement District and the Parking Garages at Sawgrass Mills, in addition to the WAVE Streetcar Project in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Our infrastructure development funding models provide governments with the means to enhance communities, modernize aging infrastructure and create value. GSG was happy to share these developments and our menu of services at the FCCMA Conference with City and County Managers throughout Florida!
GSG is hired by the City of Orange City to provide consulting and project management services, data analysis and specialized assistance to the City of Orange City for the development of a non-ad valorem special assessment program to fund fire services.
Government Services Group is hired in Hardee County through the competitive bid process to provide an assessment rate analysis.
Government Services Group will provide specialized assistance necessary to develop updated fire rescue assessment rates, provide various alternatives available to Hardee County for funding fire rescue services, and assist with implementation of the updated special assessment program.
Government Services Group is hired by Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue District to provide professional services and specialized assistance to the District and its staff with the development and implementation of a revised special assessment program for fire rescue services as well as providing information about the potential use of other funding sources such as ad valorem taxes.
The objective of this project is to develop a fire rescue services non-ad valorem assessment program based on public policy set forth by District officials within the constraints of readily available data and legal precedent.
Government Services Group is hired by Marion County to update their special assessment program for fire services.
Government Services Group has been hired by Islamorada, Village of Islands through the competitive bid process to provide Community Development Block Grant Program Administration Services including, but not limited to, sewer hookups for eligible low to moderate income residents.