Applications for Fire Assessment Programs Due May 1, 2017
The City of Gainesville offers a variety of programs to adjust the assessments for fire services. Applications for the programs for the 2017-2018 fiscal year are due by May 1, 2017.
The city offers two Hardship Assistance Programs, one for low-income senior citizens age 65 and over, and another for low-income citizens. New applications must be submitted each year that the program is available. Senior applicants that were previously approved will need to only fill out the renewal form.
The Application for Mobile Home or Recreational Vehicle Park Vacancy Adjustment is available to each owner of mobile home or recreational vehicle parks. Park owners have the opportunity to demonstrate the vacancy rate in space occupancy within their property and receive a vacancy adjustment to the fire assessment.
Additionally, applications for the City of Gainesville Special Assessment for Fire Services 2017 Fire Flow Mitigation (sprinklers) Credit Program are available. Gainesville offers a Fire Flow Mitigation Credit to eligible city property owners whose buildings are subject to the city fire services special assessment. Property owners must provide proof of proper operation and maintenance annually to receive credit. To meet this requirement, property owners must include a copy of the invoice from their last sprinkler inspection conducted within the previous 12 month period of the May 1, 2017 application due date. Applicants will not receive individual replies unless there is a question about the application or invoice. A list of approved and rejected applications will be posted at www.gfr.org within 30 days of the application due date.
Eligibility requirements and applications for all of the Special Assessment for Fire Assistance Programs are available on the Gainesville Fire Rescue website at www.gfr.org. Applications may also be picked up at City Hall, which is located at 200 E. University Ave., or Gainesville Fire Rescue Administration, which is located at 1025 NE 13th St.