City of Edgewater to Initiate “Fire Service Fee”
An annual recurring fire services special assessment program provides a dedicated, stable source of funding for fire services, excluding emergency medical services. The assessment will be used to fund all aspects of the city’s fire service program including paid firefighters, related facilities such as new fire stations, apparatus, equipment and programs. Property owners will pay this flat fee once a year; no matter how many times the fire department is called to their home or property for assistance.
A fire assessment is a charge imposed against real property to generate revenue for fire protection services. It is a non-ad valorem source that is dependent on the cost of services, not taxable values. All properties will fairly and reasonably pay for the availability and provision of fire protection services regardless of taxable values or available exemptions. There will be one rate for residential structures regardless of size, currently proposed to be $50 per residence. Nearly 90% of the emergency Fire Rescue calls in the City occur at residential structures. Residential properties would be charged a flat fire assessment fee. Non-residential structures would be charged on a per “unit” or square foot basis.
The final Resolution 2022-0-11 (authorizing the assessment and rates) will receive a public hearing at the September 12, 2022 City Council meeting.
City of Edgewater 2022 Elections
General Elections in the City of Edgewater are held in even-numbered years on the date established by the Florida Election Code for the primary election. The date of the next General Election will be November 8, 2022.
In 2022, the Mayor and Districts 1 and 3 will be up for election. A Primary Election is held only in the event that two or more candidates qualify for a District/Mayor. If no candidate received the majority of the votes during the Primary Election the two candidates with the largest number of votes will be placed on the General Election Ballot. The date of the next Primary Election, if required, will be August 23, 2022.
Municipal elections are non-partisan. The terms of office for all seats are four (4) years, with a limit of two full terms.
The following candidates have qualified for the 2022 Edgewater Elections:
Mayor District 1 District 3
Diezel Depew Chuck Martin Debbie Dolbow
Mike Ignasiak Rodney Bookhardt Linda Mojer
Louis Roland Panico II Charlotte Hope Gillis Morgan Adams
James Eldin McGinnis
City Council Meeting - August 1, 2022
At the monthly City Council Meeting on August 1st, the council renewed an agreement with Southard Recycling to provide service in Edgewater that included an increase in recycling fees of 47 cents, bringing the recycle fee effective 10/1/22 to $5.21 per month. In addition the council approved new fee structures effective 10/1/22 that will increase the monthly storm water charge from $13 to $14 a month. At this time there are no increases in water usage fees.
City Council Meeting - July 11, 2022
The regular monthly meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, July 11, 2022.
Some items approved on the consent agenda included:
Authorization to enter in to negotiations for a contract for the Hart Avenue Drainage and Water Main Improvement project
Purchase of vehicle for City electrician
Memorandum of Agreement between the City of Edgewater Animal Services, the State of Florida Department of Health and Volusia County Health Department
Some items discussed on the general agenda included:
Debbie Dolbow was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Council District 3 left vacant by the resignation of Councilwoman Megan O’Keefe
Approval of a Resolution for Fire Assessment Fee Describing Method of Assessing Cost to Property and Initial Rate
Chris Hatcher and Bob Andrejkovics were appointed to the two open seats on the Planning and Zoning Board
Disposal of old police vehicles was approved and will be used as trade-ins for 7 new police vehicles.
- Approval of the first readings of ordinances to amend the Police and General Employee Pension Plans
- Approval of resolution to sunset the Environmental Advisory Board