On this year’s tax bill, Hernando County has begun charging a non-ad valorem fire fee. The County is no longer funding its fire services through millage and property taxes. Now, it is assessing 16.1 cents per square foot.
For BAAA members, the difference between last year’s tax bill and this year’s is significant. One property paid $2,500 for fire services in its property tax bill last year. This year, the non-ad valorem fee is $13,000. For another property, the tax bill increased from $4,300 to $41,000.
This onerous fee was not voted on by the citizens in Hernando County. It was implemented by a vote of the County Commission. Representatives of BAAA member communities, other rental property owners, and I are scheduling meetings with the County Commissioners. If you have a property in Brooksville, Spring Hill, or unincorporated Hernando County and would like to join us in an effort to lower the fire fee, let me know. Thanks.