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By Brian Ackley
City of Lake Wales 

City Considers Budget with Small Tax Cut, Increase to Fire Fee


Last updated 9/8/2020 at 10:21am

Lake Wales City commissioners are looking to reduce or eliminate a small increase in the city’s fire fee when the first reading and public hearing on a proposed 2020-21 budget is held on Sept. 9.

The overall plan totals $47.9 million – and actually trims the city’s millage rate to the rollback figure of $6.9747 per $1,000 in assessed valuation – which included a five percent increase in the city’s fire fee assessment. The residential cost was projected to rise $16 a year, from the current $146 to $162 annually.

But commissioners want to scale that back, in part because revenue pr...

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