Nassau County Commission votes down fire tax

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – The Nassau County Commission voted Monday not to impose a $217 per household fire tax, saying it's unfair.

It did approved a half-mil increase in the property tax rate, or about $54 per household, tentatively.

That millage increase would raise $3 million.

The county has a nearly $12 million budget hole. The plan is to take $5.2 million from the capital improvements fund and the rest from various reserve funds to shore up the gap.

A balanced budget plan must be presented July 17, followed by two public hearings in September.