Wilton Manors Commissioners may increase the fire assessment fees on non-profits, which own property in the city.
At the Jan. 23 commission meeting, Commissioner Tom Green said he wants to “look again” at possibly increasing the fire fee. Fire assessment fees are levied on property owners to pay for fire-related services provided by the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department, which contracts with the city.
After years of toying with the idea of making non-profits, such as churches and organizations like Kids In Distress, pay the assessment fee, commissioners approved charging property-owning organizations 20 percent in 2015.
Vice Mayor Justin Flippen was the only commissioner to vote against it at the time. “I don’t know if this is the right direction,” said Flippen in 2015. Mayor Gary Resnick said at that time that even non-profits, which benefit from the fire services provided by the city, should pay their fair share to fund those services.