- Who controls the District?
- What services are provided?
- Who pays for the District?
- Who sets the tax rate?
- How would I get more insight into current and past year income and expenses?
- When does the Fire Board meet?
- How do I pay for the District?
- Does being in a Fire District affect my property insurance rate?
- Are District taxes deductible?
- How do I annex into the District?
- Why do I see fire engines driving up and down the road?
- I want to burn some brush/slash, how do I get a burn permit?
Who controls the District?
The District is governed by a five-member board elected by the voters. Board members are elected to alternating four-year terms, so at least two members are elected every two years. The Board establishes policy, recommends a tax rate, approves the budget, and hires the Fire Chief. Board members serve without pay.
What services are provided?
The Fire District provides fire and emergency medical services by career and reserve firefighters and state-certified EMTs and paramedics.
Who pays for the District?
The District is organized under the laws of Arizona as a special district. It generates a majority of its revenue from a secondary property tax assessed on all real property. Based on this year’s budget our tax rate is $2.75 per $100 secondary assessed value. The annual tax on a home with a secondary assessment of $100,000 would be $275.00.
Who sets the tax rate?
The tax rate is set each August by the County Board of Supervisors based on the recommendation of the Fire District’s Board of Directors. The maximum tax rate allowed for the WVFD is $3.25 per $100 secondary assessed value.
How would I get more insight into current and past year income and expenses?
To see our latest financial information, please visit our Fire Board page (LINK).
When does the Fire Board meet?
The Fire Board holds regular meetings on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Williamson Valley Fire Station, 15450 N. Williamson Valley Road, Prescott.
How do I pay for the District?
As a special district, the Fire District’s taxes are assessed with other property taxes, such as school taxes. They can either be incorporated into a mortgage payment or paid when billed, with your other taxes.
Does being in a Fire District affect my property insurance rate?
The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) Public Protection Classification for WVFD was lowered to 7/10 effective May of 2011. While insurance rates vary, you may realize a decrease in your property insurance premiums if you are in the Fire District. Check with your insurance agent.
Are District taxes deductible?
Yes, if you itemize your tax deductions. Please consult with your tax specialist.
How do I annex into the District?
For an area to annex into the District, a simple majority of the voters, the property owners, and those representing a majority of the property value, must support the annexation.
If interested, a property owner should contact the Fire Chief who will assist you with the process. You will begin by submitting a letter of intent to the Fire Board. The Fire Board will ask for an impact statement which will be reviewed at a public hearing. If the Board approves the impact statement, it will authorize the circulation of petitions in the annexation area. After the required signatures are gathered and verified by Yavapai County officials, the Fire Board will approve the annexation at a public board meeting. The annexation will occur within 30 days.
Why do I see fire engines driving up and down the road?
There are several reasons that fire engines may be driving without lights and sirens and appear to be “just driving around.”
- The engine may be returning to quarters after responding to an emergency call or responding to a “non-emergency” call.
- The engine may be responding to a call where they were requested to respond with no lights and sirens.
- The firefighters may be responding to a “move-up,” which is a situation where a fire engine relocates to provide coverage for another station or unit that is responding to an emergency.
- Firefighters may be conducting driver training or area orientation.
- Firefighters may also be servicing/testing fire hydrants.
- Firefighters may have conducted a training exercise at the training center or at a location away from the fire station. Example: Mock disaster drill held at the local high school.
- Firefighters also conduct business/home inspections while on duty. These help reduce the potential for fires, as well as enable firefighters to become familiar with the entrances and exits of public buildings, and make sure commercial properties are adhering to safety practices that reduce the potential for fires.
I want to burn some brush/slash, how do I get a burn permit?
You may apply for burn permits at Prescott-AZ.gov. If you need assistance with your application, please stop by your local fire station.