The City of Savannah says it is extending the deadline for property owners to submit Fire Fee Discount applications to Friday, June 15.
It was originally today, June 1, but only about 2,000 discount applications had been filed as of earlier this week, out of over 47,000 eligible properties in the City.
“We believe it is important to give people an extra two weeks to complete their applications so they can receive a discount. We hope more of our property owners take advantage of the discounts and take the appropriate measures to make their homes safer,” said City Manager Rob Hernandez.
The City says the Revenue Department has received nearly 1,000 calls each day for the past three days from property owners seeking help with their applications. "In addition, the number of applications received has nearly doubled in the past few days," a spokesperson reports.
The discounts will take off up to 20 percent of the Fee, estimated to start at $256 per single-family home, per year.
Anyone who needs help with their Fire Fee Discount application can contact the Revenue Department by calling (912) 525-2810 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City is encouraging property owners to contact the Revenue Department by e-mail due to high call volume and higher than usual wait times.