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REMINDER: Applications for Fire Assessment Hardship Programs and 2014 Fire Flow Mitigation Credit Applications Due May 1, 2014

4/7/2014

Applications for the City of Gainesville Special Assessment for Fire Services Hardship Assistance Programs are still available. The city offers two hardship programs, one for low-income senior citizens age 65 and over, and another for low-income citizens. Applications for the Special Assessment for Fire Services Hardship Assistance Programs for the 2014-2015 fiscal year are due by May 1, 2014. New applications must be submitted each year that the program is available. Senior applicants that were previously approved will need to only fill out the renewal form.

Eligibility requirements and applications for Special Assessment for Fire Hardship Assistance Programs are available on the Gainesville Fire Rescue website at www.gfr.org. Applications may also be picked up at Gainesville Fire Rescue Administration, which is located at 1025 NE 13th St. To have an application faxed, mailed or emailed, or for more information, please contact Administrative Services at 352-334-5013.

Additionally, applications for the City of Gainesville Special Assessment for Fire Services 2014 Fire Flow Mitigation Credit Program are still available. Gainesville offers a Fire Flow Mitigation Credit to eligible city property owners whose buildings are subject to the city fire services special assessment.

Parcels containing buildings protected by automatic sprinkler systems that fully meet state and city standards and are properly installed, monitored and maintained are eligible for a 10 percent reduction in net Factored Fire Protection Units assigned to the building(s). Applications must be returned to the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department no later than May 1, 2014. Property owners must provide proof of proper operation and maintenance annually to receive credit. To meet this requirement, property owners must include a copy of the invoice from their last sprinkler inspection conducted within the previous 12 month period of the May 1, 2014 application due date.

Eligibility requirements and applications for 2014 Special Assessment for Fire Services Fire Flow Mitigation Credits are available on the Gainesville Fire Rescue website at www.gfr.org. Return completed applications by mail to: Gainesville Fire Rescue, 1025 NE 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, Attn: "Sprinkler Credit" or by fax to: 352-334-2529. To have an application faxed, mailed or emailed, or for more information, please contact Gainesville Fire Rescue at 352-334-5078.

Applicants will not receive individual replies unless there is a question about the application or invoice. A list of approved and rejected applications will be posted at www.gfr.org within 30 days of the application due date.