West Melbourne was created in 1959 to stop the area from being annexed into the City of Melbourne. Amazingly, in 2005, the City of West Melbourne started charging property taxes for the first time since 1959. Prior to 2005, the city survived on “fees only” for its $17 million budget. Another interesting fact from this area is that from 2005 to 2014, home-schooled students, all three children from a West Melbourne family, won the state spelling bee championship a total of seven times! We’re pretty good spellers over here at Freedom Air, but we prefer sticking to AC repair.