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County sets tentative assessments

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By Lou Elliott Jones

 

The Levy County Commission has tentatively approved the fire, emergency medical services, solid waste and road assessments for the coming fiscal year, keeping them as their current levels. 

The assessments allow the county to collect revenue to fund those services from every property owner –even those who pay no property taxes as a result of exemptions totaling more than the property's value.

At the same time it set the tentative assessments, the commission set a public hearing on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse. At the end of the meeting to accept public comment, the commission will vote on the final assessments. 

The fire assessment is expected to bring in $1,950,000 in revenue. Residential property owners pay a flat $90 per parcel annually, while commercial property is assessed 27 cents per square foot, industrial/warehouse at 4 cents per square foot, institutional at 30 cents per square foot, agriculture that is less than 160 acres at $7 per acre and agriculture that is more than 160 acres at 2 cents per acre. 

The emergency medical services (ambulance) is expected to bring in $3,025,813 in operating revenue. Residential property owners pay a flat $119 per parcel annually, while commercial property is assessed at 7 cents per square foot, industrial/warehouse at 1 cent per square foot and institutional at 19 cents per square foot.

The solid waste assessment is estimated to bring in $511,150. It is a flat rate assessment of $25 for the closure, long term care, monitoring and associated services for the landfill. 

The roadway maintenance assessments vary by the subdivision or service unit.