Marion County Fire Rescue relies on several funding sources
to pay for its exceptional services including: ad valorem
taxes based on property values; non-ad valorem fire
assessments based on benefit of service; impact fees on new
development and other fees for services such as ambulance
transport and stand-by services, building inspections,
hazardous materials spills and illegal burns.
What are non-ad valorem taxes?
The non-ad valorem fire assessment is based on benefit
of service instead of property value and distributes costs
evenly among citizens countywide. That means everyone pays
regardless of the size or value of their home. The fire
assessment funds MCFR's firefighting budget and pays
firefighter salaries, benefits, training and education as
well as other items such as fire engines, nozzles, hoses,
bunker gear, ladders, electricity and fire station expenses.
The residential rate is currently $165.99 and has remained the same for
the past several years.
What are impact fees?
Impact fees are levied on new development based on the
impact that growth and increased population have on fire
rescue resources and the 9-1-1 call load. Commissioners
earmark money generated from impact fees solely for capital
improvement projects. This means, MCFR can only spend impact
fee dollars on building new fire stations and purchasing
additional equipment such as fire rescue vehicles.