How We Are Funded

We want our community to know how emergency services are funded.

Daily operations are funded by a fire levy that is capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Over time, the levy rate falls as property values rise to limit the Fire District to roughly the same amount of revenue per year. At times, we ask our community for a “lid lift” to fund higher call volumes and increasing costs for service. Capital items, like fire stations, are funded by bonds. Both funding sources are paid through property taxes and require voter approval.

We are good stewards of your tax dollars.

Fire District 3 operates under a balanced budget and has history of passing its financial and accountability audits by the state. There is a Strategic Plan in place that guides our policy and spending decisions. We actively look for ways to be more cost-effective by developing partnerships with neighboring agencies, and applying for grants to secure apparatus and equipment. We also save our taxpayers money by paying cash to replace apparatus when possible, instead of borrowing money which costs more due to interest payments.

We’re keeping promises by completing projects you funded.

Voters approved a fire levy lid lift in 2017 to hire four additional firefighters, improve our training program, and replace apparatus. These items were critical to maintain emergency services levels for our growing community. We’re actively recruiting for volunteer and resident firefighters to help respond to calls.