Rep. Ahern’s bill preserves integrity of Lealman Fire District

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Last Friday, a bill passed the Florida House with a unanimous vote that will protect local residents from paying unfair fire taxes and reduce the millage of the Lealman Special Fire District.

The Lealman Special Fire District bill (HB 1033) preserves the integrity of the Lealman Special Control Fire district and protects its residents from having to pay for fire services annexed by adjacent cities. It also reduces the district’s millage cap from 10 mills to 5.75 mills.

“Lowering taxes for the residents of District 51 has always been my top priority, and I’m pleased to be able to deliver on that promise,” said Larry Ahern, the bill author. “Just as important, we’re ensuring the residents of Kenneth City remain safe.”

The Florida Senate will take up this legislation, with bill supporters hoping to quickly obtain the signature of Gov. Rick Scott for the law to be enacted.

“On behalf of the 44,000 residents of the Lealman Special Fire Control District, I want to thank Representative Ahern for his tireless efforts to pass legislation preserving the integrity of the Lealman Community,” stated Chief Richard Graham of Lealman Special Fire Control District. “During his two years in the Florida House, Representative Ahern has shown a willingness to take a leading role on issues affecting residents’ well-being.”

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