At the next City Commission meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, City Commissioners will consider an amendment to the Interlocal Agreement with Leon County which will result in a $3 million contribution by the County to the fire services fund.
Also, the City Commission will consider an update on a fire services rate study.
On September 9, 2020, the City Commission approved Resolution 20-R-33, which increases the fire services fees and assessments by 15% in FY22 with subsequent increases of 1.5% or the CPI adjustment, whichever is greater, through FY25.
In consideration of the financial impacts citizens experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, rate changes for the FY21 were delayed.
The Tallahassee City Manager and the Leon County Administrator have negotiated a proposed fifth amendment to the Interlocal Agreement related to fire service fees.
Based on the negotiation, the County will increase its contribution by approximately $1.4 million in FY22 for its share of services, followed by a $1.6 million contribution increase in FY23.
Also, the City and County will agree to conduct a joint fire services fee study and present recommendations during the FY24 budget development process for any fee adjustments to be made in FY24 or subsequent years.
The Tallahassee Fire Department is contracting with Government Services Group, Inc. (GSG) to conduct the rate study. The study is to be completed in time for the FY24 budget development process.
City staff notes that GSG is one of only a few firms in the state of Florida with expertise conducting fire services assessments and fees, it is a local firm and the City has contracted with them on several occasions.
Fire services assessments and fees were established in 2000. Since then, the assessments and fees were updated in accordance with rate studies in 2004, 2010 and 2015.