LAKE VIEW, AL – Voters in the Town of Lake View in Tuscaloosa County today vote on an increase in fire protection dues to provide much needed equipment and better wages for the Lake View Fire District.
As it mobilized support for the measure, the Lake View Fire District had previously pointed out that the district was growing rapidly, which resulted in the payment of an increase in dues. However, firefighters pointed out that residents typically pay $ 75 per house per year right now. For mobile homes, this amount is often less.
“This $ 75 is per house, not per person,” the Lake View Fire District said earlier this month. “Many of you may have heard that 200 new houses are expected in the reserve area. Those 200 houses do not necessarily mean 200 people. If each house has three occupants, they still pay $ 75 per year. but we have 600 people to respond to stretch our already depleted resources. ”
The additional revenue generated from the increased fire protection dues would also be used to achieve Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification for the department – a status it does not currently hold. Separately, Lake View Fire currently only has one paid firefighter per shift, for a service that would have answered 1,017 calls in 2020 alone.
The Tuscaloosa County Tax Assessor’s Office said this week it had received several calls from taxpayers regarding the election, with many wondering why the county couldn’t collect a lump sum fire fee as opposed to a rate based on the market price of the house.
“While this is true we have never had this offered before, if it was a simple package deal it could be done,” the tax assessor’s office said. “However, for example, a fee for mobile homes of certain lengths and different fees for larger mobile homes was impractical because there is no search box from which to search for this information.”
Other highlights to know
- The Lake View Fire District will provide the county with the commercial property plots which will be billed at a rate of $ 3 for every $ 1,000 of the market value of the improvement.
- The vote is on the 2022 tax year, with a privilege date of October 1, 2021.
- If passed, authorities will collect 2022 taxes and fire fees from October 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.
- Closing of polling stations at 7 p.m.
- Make sure to follow us here for updates once the results are received.
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