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The Fire Rescue Assessments to be assessed and apportioned among benefited parcels pursuant to the Cost Apportionment and Parcel Apportionment to generate the estimated Fire Rescue Assessed Cost for the Fiscal Year commencing October 1, 2019, are as follows:

Residential Property Use Categories
$311
Non-Residential Property Use Categories
Building Classification (sq ft) Commercial Industrial/Warehouse Institutional
< 1,999 square feet $476 $78 $1,273           
2,000 - 3,499 $951            $156 $2,546
3,500 - 4,999 $1,663 $273 $4,455
5,000 - 9,999 $2,376 $390 $6,364
10,000 - 19,999 $4,752 $779 $12,727
20,000 - 29,999 $9,503 $1,558 $25,453
30,000 - 39,999 $14,255 $2,337 $38,179
40,000 - 49,999 $19,006 $3,115 $50,905
50,000 -59,999 $23,758 $3,894 $63,631
60,000 -69,999 $28,509 $4,673 $76,357           
70,000 -79,999 $33,260 $5,451 $89,084
80,000 - 89,999 $38,012 $6,230 $101,810
90,000 - 99,999 $42,763 $7,009 $114,536
> 100,000 square feet $47,515 $7,787 $127,262

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fire Special Assessment Fee?

The Fire Special Assessment Fee is a fee collected to cover a portion of “Fire” related expenses.

Does this fee cover all the costs for Fire Rescue?                    

No. The fee collected covers a portion of “Fire Related (Non-Emergency Medical Service)” costs only.  The cost for Emergency Medical Services is offset through other revenues which include, but not limited to, the General Fund.

Does this fee cover any other City services?

No.  The fire assessment is a dedicated revenue source, meaning that we can only use it to cover the costs of fire service, not any other city services.

Why do I pay an Ambulance Transport Fee?

The transport fee helps the City offset the costs of the services that cannot be covered by the fire assessment fee.

When was the last time this fee was increased?

2016

Does everyone pay the same rate? No.

Residential Properties - $311 Per Dwelling Unit

Commercial/Industrial/Warehouse/Institutional Properties pay different (tiered) rates based on Square Footage.

Is the fire assessment rate on my current tax bill what it will be?

Yes. It has been adopted by the City Commission for Fiscal Year 2020, which runs from October 1st, 2019 to September 30th, 2020.

When will the final fire assessment rates be set?

The final Fire Assessment Rate will be set by the City Commission on Tuesday ,September 17th at a Special Public Hearing.   The special public hearing will be held at the City Commission chambers (1st Floor/City Hall 100 N. Andrews Ave) @ 5:00 PM.  This is a public hearing and the public is welcomed to attend.

When is the effective date of the Fire Assessment Fee?

As with the Ad Valorem Property Taxes, the effective date will be October 1st, 2019.  The final millage and Fire Assessment rates will appear on the November tax bills provided by Broward County.

 For additional information, please call Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, at 954-828-6800.