Non-Ad Valorem Fee Information

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For many years, the City of North Port has funded fire rescue and first response medical services for its citizens through a non-ad valorem assessment. Rates are based the cost of providing these services and how much each category of property benefits from these services. The non-ad valorem assessments are required to provide sufficient revenues for fire/rescue services. The level of fire service provides some of the most affordable fire insurance rates in the area. Your insurance costs are based upon an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) Fire Suppression Rating of 1/1Y which is the highest rating a fire department can receive. This rating indicates that North Port Fire Rescue provides excellent protection from loss due to fire and helps preserve property values through the availability of these fire/rescue services.

In July 2013, the Fire Rescue District contracted for the development of a Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Methodology Study which would establish rates to recover the full-cost requirement of providing fire protection service to properties within the District limits.  The rates would be in proportion to the benefit received from the fire protection service provided by the District, initially for for fiscal year 2014, then applied to subsequent years.

On September 20, 2018, the North Port City Commission adopted the non ad-valorem rates for the North Port Fire Rescue District for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Benefit Tier

Equivalent Benefit Unit (EBU)

Applicable To

 Rate per EBU

Tier 1 -
Response
Readiness
Availability

 
-- Improved Property - Per Parcel

 -- Unimproved Property

    - Under 5 acres -- per parcel
    - Over 5 acres -- per 5 acres (Parcel EBU), rounded down to nearest 5 acres

All Non-exempt Parcels -- Improved and Unimproved

$78.59


Tier 2 -
Protection from Loss of Structures
Per $5,000 of Structure Value (Structure EBU), rounded down to nearest $5,000 Non-exempt
Improved Parcels

$5.05

If we can assist with questions regarding the Methodology or rates please contact Fire Rescue at (941) 240-8150.

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