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|March 29, 2018 City Council Regular Meeting|
10. Motion to Amend Article L of the 2018 Revenue Ordinance to Provide for Discounts to the Fire Services Fee
During the fiscal year, adjustments to the Revenue Ordinance are necessary to implement programs approved by the Mayor and Aldermen or recommended by staff. This amendment will implement discount programs for all property classifications covered under the Fire Services Utility Ordinance, enacted by Council on December 21, 2017. The Fiscal Year 2018 Revenue Ordinance was approved by the City Council on December 21, 2017.
The following changes will be incorporated into the 2018 Revenue Ordinance, Article L – Fire Services Fee. Fire Service User Fee Charge Discounts are enacted by the Fire Services Utility Ordinance, Article H-Fire Services Fee, Sec. 3-2096.
Summary of Fire Protection Fee Discounts
The table below summarizes the user fee discounts available to public and private property owners who take action to reduce their fire risk. A single property may be eligible to receive more than one of the discounts listed below. However, the total Fire Fee Discount cannot exceed 20% for any parcel in the City of Savannah with the exception of parcels “Served by an Alternative Fire Department,” as described within the Discount Manual.
To obtain a discount, customers must submit an application to the Revenue Department, which contains all specified or otherwise necessary supporting documentation. Eligibility will also depend on demonstrating compliance with all applicable building codes.
An additional Fire Safety Fee Hardship Assistance Program will be enacted to assist income-eligible residential property owners with the challenge of meeting the financial obligation of the fire services fee. This program is not a discount to the fee, and will be administered independently of the Fire Protection Fee Discount Program. Residents anticipating application to the Fire Safety Fee Hardship Assistance Program (HAP) are encouraged to apply for all available discounts prior to making application to the Hardship Assistance Program.
David Maxwell, Chief Financial Officer
Reduced fire services fee revenue of up to 20% for each property.
Savannah Fire Discount Manual