The Company Line that will definitely make you feel better about this "fire" assessment (Tax)--per the City Manager:
On May 17, 2011, the City selected Government Services Group to begin the process of developing an assessment process for funding fire protection. Special Assessments for fire services are authorized by the Florida Constitution, are Florida court tested, and are currently being utilized by many local governments throughout Florida to fund fire services.
Special Assessments for Fire Services may be used by local governments because fire services provide a special benefit by protecting property. Special Assessments for Fire Services are valid in Florida so long as they confer a special benefit to the property being assessed and the cost assessed is fairly and reasonably apportioned among the properties that receive the special benefit.
The adoption of a Special Assessment for Fire Service will enable the City to gradually reduce transfer payments from the Electric Utility and to pay for general governmental services with property tax as the City expands its taxable values. Revenue collected through the fire assessment may only be used to fund fire services and not EMS services.
But, but, but...
Fire pensions are not a special benefit to me or to my property. It is a ridiculous assumption that increasing taxes and special assessments in order to give back pennies on our electric bill is a solution. We are still paying hard earned cash. Do you think people will want to move here because their electric bill is now down a buck per thousand kwh but their taxes have skyrocketed overall on everything?