NORTH FORT MYERS, FLa. - Bayshore fire wants to charge an assessment, rather than raise money through property taxes.
The proposed fee means charities may be hit with a new bill. When driving down Bayshore Rd you'll see a sign. It reads town hall meeting Tuesday, May 27th at 7 p.m. Whats on the agenda? Taxes.
The fire district wants to stop charging through property taxes, and start charging a fee of $587.78 for most homeowners.
"We developed a rate as low as possible to stabilize the budget, to maintain the level of service, keep homeowners insurance rates down, to keep fire fighters and trucks on the road," says Fire Chief Lawrence Nisbet.
With the new system, no one is exempt. Non profits will have to fork over cash too. Echo nursery is a farm in North Fort Myers that teaches people worldwide how to grow crops.
Under the current tax system, they don't pay property tax. If the new fire assessment passes, they maybe hit with a bill in the thousands of dollars.
"To pay this fee, money would have to come out of our budget," says Danielle Flood with Echo. "It would either come out of staffing or program funds."
Despite the possible bill, Echo says they stand by the Bayshore Fire Department.
"We are so grateful for our fire department and our fierfighters and we want to support them," says Flood.
Voters will cast their ballots in June. If the plan doesn't pass the bayshore fire chief says he'll have to let let half of his staff go.