Staff recommends approval of fees to cover the cost of specified services delivered by the Leesburg Fire Department.
This resolution includes the fees identified in the Commission work session determined to be acceptable for implementation. All fire department fees, with the exception of the two items identified below, that will cover employee costs (inspections and special details), will go to the City's general fund. The proposed fees are listed below:
1. Approve the resolution
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
Passage of this resolution will provide revenues to cover costs generated by growth and/or illegal, intentional or malicious causes. This resolution will cover those costs that are currently borne by the general population of the City. The amount of revenues collected will exceed cost of the collection process.
The amount of revenue generated is impossible to predict as some of the fees may serve as a deterrent to certain actions that may reduce the number of calls in the targeted areas. Staff will continue to monitor this and provide periodic reports to City Management and City Commission.
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A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG AUTHORIZING FEES TO COVER THE COST OF SPECIFIED SERVICES DELIVERED BY THE LEESBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the City Commission agrees that the normal emergency services provided to the community by the Leesburg Fire Department are supported by City taxes and should not generate additional revenue.
WHEREAS, the City Commission acknowledges that some of the services delivered by the fire department serve special interests such as growth and new construction.
WHEREAS, the City Commission recognizes that the imposition of fees to cover the cost of services that support growth and new construction should be targeted to the users and not covered by the population in general.
WHEREAS, the City Commission recognizes that the promoters of special events may need fire and or EMS/rescue support that will generate costs to the City, which should be covered by the event promoters and not the general population of the City.
WHEREAS, the City Commission recognizes that certain businesses store, use and transport hazardous chemicals and substances throughout our City; furthermore, some individuals also use, store and transport hazardous substances for illegal purposes, which may cause an emergent situation requiring rapid response and intervention from the fire department. These incur costs that should be borne by those causing the incident.
WHEREAS, the City Commission acknowledges that some responses by the fire department are caused intentionally, maliciously or by illegal actions or activity and that the cost of handling such emergencies should be reimbursed to the City by the perpetrator(s) and not covered by the general population of the city.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the Fire Department is hereby authorized to bill for services according to the attached fee schedule using the City of Leesburg's existing billing process.
THAT the City will review the fees annually and make adjustments according to the CPI to insure that the costs for the provision of special services are covered.
THAT this resolution shall become effective on the 1st day of April 2008, after public information concerning the fee schedule is disseminated to the community.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held 28th day of January 2008.
City of Leesburg Fire Fee Schedule
Authorized: January 28, 2008 by Resolution No. ____
Implementation date: April 1, 2008
I. FEES RELATED TO NEW CONSTRUCTION, AND GROWTH
The fire department is not required to review or inspect single family detached or duplex residential structures. These buildings are exempted from the fees listed below.
A. Fire plans reviews: $.04 per sq. ft. $50. minimum
Fee includes all fire inspections for new construction, with exception for the systems identified below.
B. Fire sprinkler systems $150.
C. Fire suppression / hood systems $100.
D. Fire alarm systems $100.
E. Significant revisions $ 75.
II. FEES RELATED TO REQUIRED FIRE INSPECTIONS (LICENSING, ETC.)
There will be no charge for normal annual fire inspections; however, the re-inspections fees will apply if there is no attempt to correct violations and second or greater re-inspections are required.
A. Fire inspections required for licensing
$25 per 5,000 sq. ft., $50 minimum charge
· First: no charge
· Second: $ 50.
· Third and additional: $100. each
III. FEES RELATED TO FIRE INSPECTIONS AFTER HOURS, WEEKENDS AND
Fire inspections may be conducted after hours, on weekends or on holidays subject to the availability of a certified Fire Inspector. These inspections are conducted for the convenience of the owner/contractor/developer in order to expedite a project, license, etc.
· The fee for fire inspections after hours, Monday through Friday, will amount to $55. per hour for a minimum of two hours in addition to any normal inspection fee.
· The fee for fire inspections on Weekends or Holidays will amount to $100 per hour for a minimum of two hours in addition to any normal inspection fee.
· The after hours, weekend, holiday inspection fees will be used to reimburse the Fire Department overtime account that would have to be used to pay the inspectors to perform this work.
· The normal inspection fees would go to the General Fund.
IV. FALSE ALARM FEES
This fee is designed to charge for the cost of response to excessive false alarms from monitored automatic fire alarm systems. The incentive that is presented is that lack of maintenance or service on an alarm system would be more costly than the needed repairs.
V. FIRE RESCUE FEES
Fire rescue fees are designed to recover the cost of providing extraordinary services to special interests or in special circumstances. They are designed to reduce to cost to the average taxpayer, who has no need for the listed services. These fees are divided into three categories as follows:
1. Service fees for special non-emergency services to include, but may not be limited to:
a. Fire watch required to maintain occupancy during system failures or for other appropriate reasons.
b. Special details such as EMS bike teams, first aid standby for special events.
2. Hazardous materials incidents, spills, leaks, etc. This includes industrial, commercial and transportation situations. It will not be applied to residential situations, unless, the occupant has been using a residence to store or manufacture hazardous materials or substances inappropriate for a residentially zoned location.
In addition to the cost of the units and personnel, the persons or entity responsible for the incident will also be charged for expendable supplies and equipment that is contaminated and rendered unusable for future service.
3. Fires or incidents caused intentionally, maliciously or by illegal activity. These incidents include but may not be limited to fires caused by illegal or unpermitted use of fireworks, illegal or unpermitted burning, arson, vandalism, to cover a crime or for any other unlawful purpose. Other applications would include fires due to fire code violations, where a violation was issued and followed up in writing, with no correction after the second re-inspection.
The base charges for fire rescue fees are listed below. These charges are designed to recover cost only and are based upon the cost of employee salary and benefits and the operating cost and depreciation of equipment.
· Employee: $35 per hour (minimum of 3 hours)
This applies to special details only, unless additional manpower is needed
to control an incident.
· Chief Officer (Incident Commander) with command unit $125. per hour
· Engine Company, with personnel $225. per hour
· Ladder Company, with personnel $275. per hour
· Technical Rescue or Hazmat unit $200. per hour
The fees above will be assessed for the full first hour, or part thereof. Subsequent hourly charges for the same incident will be calculated by assessing all full hours plus the percentage of the last hour of use.