IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE INFO.

Posted By: Chelsea Greene Legislative & Legal ,

There are two legislative issues I would like to bring to your attention.

 

Please read over the information. If your property is affected by one of these issues, I want to know about it! I

 

#1 -Proposed Brevard County Fire Services Special Assessment Rate

Some of you may have received a notification letter in the mail regarding increases to the Fire Services Special Assessment that will be included in 2018 property tax bills.

Brevard County Fire Rescue is the provider of fire services/protection services within the unincorporated areas of Brevard County, West Melbourne, Grant-Valkaria, Melbourne Village, and Palm Shores (the "Benefit Area").

The Board of County Commissioners approved the intent to use this rate change on April 24.2018. The total annual Fire Services Special Assessment revenue to be collected for Fiscal Year 2019 is estimated to be $23,603,665 with annual increases of approximately $450,000 until a 15% increase is achieved.

The determination of rates is a 6% rate increase in Fiscal Year 2019, followed by a rate adjustment equal to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 3%, whichever is lower, on an annual basis until a 15% rate increase over the Fiscal Year 2018 rate is achieved. Once the 15% rate increase is achieved. the rates will continue to be annually assessed at that rate level until such time as further action is considered by the Board of County Commissioners. The six percent rate increase starts in the year beginning October 1, 2018.

The amount of the Fire Services Special Assessment to be applied against each parcel will be based upon the property use code designated by the Property Appraiser and square footage ranges, where applicable as well as the applicable hazard code, as determined by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standard.

 

My notes: I looked up some Statistics (see below)…

 

In 2017, the Melbourne Fire Department responded to 17,901 incidents, an average of 49 requests for service each day.  Rescues/emergency medical response were the most common incidents. A breakdown by incident type follows:

  • Rescue: 78%
  • Hazardous Conditions: 1%
  • Fire: 2%
  • Public Assist: 13%
  • False Alarms: 4%
  • Mutual Aid: 2% (mutual aid may be given on any type of call outside the City)

 

Residential Building Property Types - ROUNDED National Estimates (2003-2015)

 

 

 
             
   

FIRES

   
 

Years

1 & 2 Family

Multifamily

Other

Total Residential

 
 

2003

249,400

108,800

23,000

381,200

 
 

2004

254,600

111,700

23,500

389,800

 
 

2005

245,900

107,000

23,700

376,500

 
 

2006

253,800

113,900

25,000

392,700

 
 

2007

260,700

104,600

25,000

390,300

 
 

2008

250,400

104,100

23,700

378,200

 
 

2009

234,100

100,200

21,800

356,200

 
 

2010

236,900

102,700

22,500

362,100

 
 

2011

237,700

102,800

24,000

364,500

 
 

2012

242,700

106,000

25,300

374,000

 
 

2013

244,700

109,300

26,200

380,300

 
 

2014

244,000

108,700

26,800

379,500

 
 

2015

242,300

111,100

27,400

380,900

 
             
   

DEATHS

   
 

Years

1 & 2 Family

Multifamily

Other

Total Residential

 
 

2003

2,480

380

140

3,000

 
 

2004

2,485

425

140

3,050

 
 

2005

2,225

510

160

2,895

 
 

2006

1,925

445

125

2,490

 
 

2007

2,285

405

80

2,765

 
 

2008

2,160

395

90

2,650

 
 

2009

1,965

375

140

2,480

 
 

2010

2,025

425

105

2,555

 
 

2011

1,945

390

115

2,450

 
 

2012

1,885

400

100

2,385

 
 

2013

2,250

390

120

2,755

 
 

2014

2,195

440

130

2,765

 
 

2015

2,085

390

95

2,565

 
             
   

INJURIES

   
 

Years

1 & 2 Family

Multifamily

Other

Total Residential

 
 

2003

9,200

3,650

575

13,425

 
 

2004

9,275

3,775

600

13,650

 
 

2005

8,950

3,800

600

13,375

 
 

2006

8,225

3,725

600

12,550

 
 

2007

9,125

3,875

525

13,525

 
 

2008

8,400

4,200

525

13,100

 
 

2009

8,125

4,050

425

12,600

 
 

2010

8,525

4,250

500

13,275

 
 

2011

8,925

4,450

525

13,900

 
 

2012

8,300

4,325

425

13,050

 
 

2013

7,975

3,975

500

12,450

 
 

2014

7,550

4,100

425

12,075

 
 

2015

7,200

3,825

425

11,475

 
             
   

DOLLAR LOSS IN 2015 DOLLARS

   
 

Years

1 & 2 Family

Multifamily

Other

Total Residential

 
 

2003

5,776,100,000

1,191,500,000

359,600,000

7,327,200,000

 
 

2004

5,447,400,000

1,320,400,000

314,700,000

7,082,500,000

 
 

2005

6,060,900,000

1,447,100,000

376,500,000

7,884,400,000

 
 

2006

6,088,400,000

1,374,100,000

350,500,000

7,813,000,000

 
 

2007

6,578,200,000

1,264,600,000

338,700,000

8,181,500,000

 
 

2008

6,779,400,000

1,481,500,000

569,700,000

8,830,600,000

 
 

2009

6,297,200,000

1,364,600,000

358,600,000

8,020,500,000

 
 

2010

5,744,900,000

1,189,200,000

290,800,000

7,224,900,000

 
 

2011

5,408,500,000

1,292,900,000

307,100,000

7,008,500,000

 
 

2012

5,711,400,000

1,279,600,000

341,600,000

7,332,600,000

 
 

2013

5,279,600,000

1,349,100,000

367,000,000

6,995,700,000

 
 

2014

5,207,500,000

1,343,600,000

357,400,000

6,908,500,000

 
 

2015

5,292,100,000

1,425,800,000

381,300,000

7,099,300,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am waiting to hear back from James Brandenburg with the Brevard County Property Appraiser. He is developing a listing of properties designated as Multifamily housing in the affected areas. I will be attending the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday 5/22/18 to represent SCAA. If enough people object to the increase, I suggest we file a written objection as an Association. Any of you are welcome to attend the public hearing with me. I am happy to provide time and location details.

 

 

#2 -Vero Beach, FL to Introduce Ordinance Affecting Maximum Occupancy
The Council will consider an amending Chapter 60, General Provisions, of the Land Development Regulations, by Creating New Section 60.17; Providing for Codification; Providing for Conflict and Severability; and Providing for an Effective Date. The Ordinance places limits on the number of individuals that may occupy a dwelling unit to avoid overcrowding, particularly as related to group quarters. The Ordinance is more precise than the current Standard Housing Code m calculating maximum occupancy of dwelling units.  

 

Please see attached background information.

 

Thank you for being legislative warriors!

 

 

Chelsea Greene