The district operates with a permanent property tax rate of $1.0335 per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate was established in 2003 when the new district was formed. The District's revenue comes from property taxes (55%), billings for ambulance services and FireMed membership fees (44%), and other income (less than 1%).
On November 6th of 2012 voters approved ballot measure 20-205, a 5 year local option levy of $0.47 per $1000.
On Nov 3rd 2015 Measure 20-237 was passed, a Fire Equipment Bond for the purchase of 5 fire appratus.These fleet upgrades will directly impact fire protection in the entire fire district.
Voters approved a levy for $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value for general operations in November of 2017 for five-years beginning fiscal year 2018-2019. This measure renewed a local option levy first passed by voters in 2012.
The renewed levy will allow the District to continue providing its current service level through June 30, 2023. The continued presence of 24/7 365 staffing helps maintain the District's ISO Rating of 2/4/10W, which was 4/9 before the levy in 2012. The ISO rating directly correlates to the price of fire insurance for most district businesses and residents.
Without the levy's additional tax revenue, the District would be forced to reduce existing staffing levels and cut service, negatively impacting the District's service area and ISO rating. Specifically, the District would reduce or eliminate its paramedic level ambulance service due to the elimination of up to nine (9) firefighter/paramedic positions District-wide.
The proposed renewal of the $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value is estimated to raise approximately $955,749 in 2018-2019, $984,421 in 2019-2020, $1,013,954 in 2020-2021, $1,044,373 in 2021-2022, and $1,075,704 in 2022-2023. This measure's estimated tax cost is an ESTIMATE ONLY based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of estimate. It may reflect the impact of early payment discounts, compression, and the collection rate.
South Lane County Fire & Rescue Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 20/21