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North Collier Fire Proposing New Tax to Raise Money

The North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District is proposing a new tax to raise money.

What will it fund? Services like new equipment and training. It will put money back into reserves.

The tax is what’s called a “non-ad valorem fee”. A non-ad valorem fee is a tax based on a standardized unit of measure, such as square footage or structure type, that is also separate from regular property taxes.

This tax would be an additional $254 annual fee for “residential units” that would be in addition to your property taxes, which is a flat rate across the board.

No matter where you live, it’s a fixed cost. Whether you live in an apartment or mansion, you’ll be paying the same amount.

This is where it gets confusing. Although they say everyone will pay the same amount, that’s not the case. The NCFC is proposing to decrease the millage rate from 1 to .5 millage.

The millage rate is the $1 to every $1,000 in property value to determine your property taxes.

“It doesn’t make any sense to do this, it should be straight property taxes just like all the other major taxes we pay in this area,” Janet Vasey of Naples said.

So will your taxes increase or decrease? It depends. The non-ad valorem fee plus the decrease in the millage rate differs for every household.

You can fill out a form online for an assessment .

This will be on the ballot on August 28, 2018. Until then, this is a list of the town hall meetings where you can voice your concerns or ask questions:

June 19th, 2018
Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church
1225 Piper Blvd.
Naples, FL 34110

July 11, 2018
North Collier Fire Rescue Station 10
13240 Immokalee Road
Naples, FL 34120

July 26, 2018
Collier County Public Library Headquarters
(Sugden Road)
2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Naples, FL 34109

August 7, 2018
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
625 111th Avenue N
Naples, FL 34108

August 9, 2018
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
7100 Airport Pulling Road N
Naples, FL 34109

Reporting by Allyssa Dickert and Anna Kohls