Impact of Proposed Amendments on East Lake Fire Rescue                       

By Tom Jamison, Fire Chief

East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District


The East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District receives the majority of its funding through ad valorem taxes.  The rate of taxation is based on several factors including operational costs and the taxable value of real estate within the district.  While the District offers no opinion as how our residents choose to vote, we feel it is important to have an understanding of how amendment 4 would impact the District.

 The following amounts are estimates from the office of the Pinellas County Property Appraiser:

Amendment 4 reduction of non-homestead cap from 10 percent to 5 percent:  $1,687,618

Amendment 4 removal of “recapture rule”:                                                                          6,450,869

Amendment 4 new homesteader exemption:                                                                      18,199,674

Total impact:                                                                                                                       $26,338,161

This sum represents an approximation of the loss of taxable value to real estate that would be removed from the tax rolls within the borders of the East Lake fire district.  A spreadsheet provided by the Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s office can be found on our website:


Click here to view information and spreadsheet from Pinellas County Property Appraiser