PBCFR has proposed a budget of $28 million to fund the Jupiter Fire Rescue MSTU in fiscal year 2024, which equates to about $951 to a homesteaded property valued at $550,000. County projections have indicated that by 2034 (the last year of the 10-year agreement), the budget will be $44 million, which would raise that same home’s fire rescue taxes to $1,359. However, since the annual cost to Jupiter residents is based on a millage rate set by the County on an annual basis, and since the contract contains cost categories with no caps, things like escalating County costs and rising property values could cause that projection to be higher. Additionally, other communities who contract with PBCFR for fire rescue services (for example, Wellington) are subject to a county-wide millage rate much higher than the current Jupiter MSTU rate (FY 24 Jupiter MSTU rate of 1.7879 vs. a county-wide rate of 3.4581). Should the County ever raise Jupiter’s MSTU rate to align with the rest of the County, the budget could escalate to as much as $62-$84 million per year, depending on how property values increase over time. That same $550,000 homesteaded property would then pay between $1,786 and $2,383 per year.