Savannah fire fee discount application process: What you need to know

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - In an effort to give property owners a chance to knock off some of their fire fee bill, the city of Savannah is starting a fire fee discount application process.

Starting later this week, city staff will meet with various communities to answer questions about that process.

Until June 1, the city of Savannah is giving anyone who will have to pay the fire fee starting this fall a chance to knock that bill down up to 20 percent.

We sat down with city public information officer Michelle Gavin to find out how the application process will work.

In an effort to reduce redundancies, city staff broke down the applications into three separate categories: Commercial and Industrial, Houses of Worship/Non-Profits/Institutional Properties, and Single Family Residential.

On the residential application, for instance, the city asks for some specific information like manufacturer and model numbers for things like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.

If you do have an incident at your home, and fire investigators see that you haven't followed through on your fire safety commitments, you could be penalized by not being able to apply for a discount for three years.

For those who think they might qualify for the hardship fund, which the city set aside $400,000 for, listen up, because this fire fee discount application still applies to you.

"The City is still working to finalize the hardship program and that will be a complete waiver of the fire fee. So that will not be a discount. But you must apply for the discount in order to get that waiver," Gavin said.

To find out more about the Fire Fee Discount Program, click here.

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Below is a list of times and places where city staff will walk property owners through the application process.

Locations for Fire Fee Discount Program Application Assistance:

Thursday, April 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Moses Jackson Golden Age Center
1410 Richards St.

Monday, April 30
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Liberty City Community Center
1401 Mills B. Lane Blvd.

Tuesday, May 1
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Eastside Golden Age Center
409 Goebel Ave.

Thursday, May 3
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Windsor Forest Golden Age Center
308 Briarcliff Circle

Tuesday, May 8
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mary Flournoy Golden Age Center
1001 W. 39th St.

Thursday, May 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
City of Savannah Office of Special Events, Film and Tourism
Daffin Park, 1 Waring Dr.

Tuesday, May 15
4:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.
Savannah Civic Center – Box Office Area
301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Thursday, May 17
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Liberty City Golden Age and Neighborhood Community Center
1401 Mills B. Lane Blvd.

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