City Of Savannah Fire Fee Discount Only Available Until June 1st

Dated: 05/17/2018

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Attention Clients, Friends, and Neighbors!!! The City of Savannah has just now made a Press Release regarding the FIRE FEE NEWS!!! The City of Savannah sold the fire fee as a way to "avoid increasing taxes" and capture income on "tax exempt properties", however now homeowners are being burdened with extra fees with the flawed system.  The City states that property owners were afforded a "Discount Application period" from April 15, 2018 through June 1, 2018, however, letters to notify homeowners were not received until at the earliest we are hearing May 14th. Letters received by our clients were dated May 3, 2018. The Application goes on as far as to request the Make & Model # of your fire detectors and smoke alarms. This is an unnecessary burden for those unable to reach these items in their home whether the owner has tall ceilings, a physical challenge, or lives out of town. 


More info at www.savannahga.gove/firefee 


BEWARE: The city of Savannah has started reclassifying properties on their property record cards to maximize the fee. We are curious: anyone downtown Savannah with mixed-use reclassified to either Commercial or Residential on their Tax Assessors card, without notice prior to the "test" letter sent out by City of Savannah regarding your fire fee??? LOOK at your property record cards.


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"The changes are being made after the city recently sent letters and postcards notifying property owners of their estimated fire fee before any discounts are applied. The intent of the mailing was to give property owners an idea of what their fire fee will be, and to allow property owners the chance to alert the Revenue Department of any inaccuracies. The actual fire fee bill will not be mailed out until September." This is their PR release after property owners started catching wind this week....

"As part of an ongoing process, the city is reclassifying some types of properties from commercial to single family residential, which will change the way the fee is calculated. Single family residential properties are charged a flat $256 fee, while the amount charged to commercial properties is based on size and a risk factor determined by Savannah Fire Rescue.

A single family residential property means developed property containing one residential structure with no more than two dwelling units in or attached thereto, situated upon a single lot of record. Residential properties with supplemental accessory structures, such as carriage houses, storage buildings or caretakers quarters, are also classified as single family residential."


Please fill out this form completely as required for your type of property and applicable discounts. One application must be submitted for each parcel unless otherwise approved by the City of Savannah Revenue Department. For assistance with completing this form, please contact the City of Savannah Revenue Department at 912-525-2810.

FILL OUT YOUR FORM HERE:
https://www.savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14455/Fire-Fee-Discount-Application---Single-Family-Residence

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