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JUDICIAL ANNEX BUILDING
218 PARSHLEY STREET SOUTHWEST
LIVE OAK, FLORIDA 32064
TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR DECEMBER 3, 2013, 6:00 P.M.
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Why are we proposing an increase in the Non-Ad Valorem tax for Fire Services?
Recently Suwannee County conducted a fire assessment study to research the cost of fire and EMS services provided by local government. The study evaluated the services throughout the unincorporated area of Suwannee County (Branford and Live Oak), including fire flow, budget and call data. The result of the study determined projected costs to provide these services in the future.
The last fire assessment study performed in our county was in 2005. At that time we had 2 paid stations and 11 volunteer fire departments. In eight years we have grown to 5 paid stations and maintain 11 volunteer fire departments with 5 Advanced Life Support ambulances.
We’ve grown to better serve this community and are working diligently to maintain our current insurance ratings and reduce response times.
Since 2009 when we were evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), we have been managing services to improve our rating. On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 being the best and 10 being the worst, Suwannee County currently has a protection classification rating of 6/9.