Fire Rescue Fee Fiasco

Spring 2006 – The fire rescue fee fiasco – lessons to be learned

President’s Column By T. Sinclair (Tory) Jacobs

The Fire Rescue Fee Fiasco reminds me of the movie title “Sex, Lies & Videotapes” without the sex and without the videotape.

Although Judge Lopez has made his ruling on this case and said the unsavory settlement cannot stand and a class action may move forward, it’s important that you, BHA members, know the BHA involvement.

A bit of history… In 1998 a consulting firm set up by an up-state law firm came up with a s…

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Spring 2006 – The fire rescue fee fiasco – Lessons to be learned

President’s Column By T. Sinclair (Tory) Jacobs

The Fire Rescue Fee Fiasco reminds me of the movie title “Sex, Lies & Videotape” without the sex and without the videotape.

Although Judge Lopez has made his ruling on this case and said the unsavory settlement cannot stand and a class action may move forward, it’s important that you, BHA members, know the BHA involvement.

A bit of history… In 1998 a consulting firm set up by an up-state law firm came up with a sc…

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Summer 2000 – Controversial fire rescue fee struck down

This judicial ruling just in on a special assessment in North Lauderdale nearly identical to Miami’s “Fire Rescue Fee.” The word: illegal.

This has been BHA’s belief, and the legal position of the warriors at BHA ally, TTUFF (Tenants and Taxpayers United For Fairness, Inc.), ever since the City enacted the fee in 1998. TTUFF’s subsequent class action suit against the City of Miami has been slowly making its way through the legal process, while in the meantime, Brickell res…

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Summer 2000 – Controversial fire rescue fee struck down

This judicial ruling just in on a special assessment in North Lauderdale nearly identical to Miami’s “Fire Rescue Fee.” The word: illegal.

This has been BHA’s belief, and the legal position of the warriors at BHA ally, TTUFF (Tenants and Taxpayers United For Fairness, Inc.), ever since the City enacted the fee in 1998. TTUFF’s subsequent class action suit against the City of Miami has been slowly making its way through the legal process, while in the meantime, Brickell res…

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Spring 1998 – Fire rescue fee: Reasonable or dangerous precedent?

Neighbors fear floodgate opened

For some, the battle of the Fire Rescue Fee is settled. The final amount of the fee seems much more palatable than the proposed $160 a year a mere $24 for condominium and single-family owners.

The tax is also being imposed more equitably than originally proposed condo, apartment and single-family owners will all pay, rather than just condo and apartment owners.

Further, the fee is being used for capital improvements of the fire rescue …

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Spring 1998 – Fire rescue fee: Reasonable or dangerous precedent?

Neighbors fear floodgate opened

For some, the battle of the Fire Rescue Fee is settled. The final amount of the fee seems much more palatable than the proposed $160 a year a mere $24 for condominium and single-family owners.

The tax is also being imposed more equitably than originally proposed condo, apartment and single-family owners will all pay, rather than just condo and apartment owners.

Further, the fee is being used for capital improvements of the fire rescue …

Read More