Starting in 2020 Fire Dues will be collected by the Garland County Tax Collector's Office
2000 SQFT & Under - $100.00
2001 SQFT & Above - $200.00
Businesses carrying hazardous chemicals or are considered high risk properties will have an additional $50.00 charge annually.
All Residences: Houses, Mobile Homes, Mobile Homes with Additions, Also included in this pricing bracket are out buildings with electricity.
1st Year - $70.00
Each Year After - $60.00
The operations of 70 West have been almost entirely funded by members dues and donations from the community. The Department does receive a small amount of state funding from Act 833 of 1991. Next year we will start collections on taxes. This however, will not change the fact that our staff will continue to look for alternative funding sources such as matching grants to make our funds go the distance.
It can be said that it is a myth that the fire department will not respond to your property if you are not a member. 70 West will respond to any emergency occurring within the district whether you are a member or non-member. 70 West subscribers receive the services free of charge. Non-members however, are subject to service fees of up to or over $5,000.00. If you have a fire and you are not a member and the fire department is dispatched; you as a property owner are responsible for the non-member service debt.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY FOR SUPPORTING US AND VOTING FOR 70 WEST FIRE DISTRICT!!!
The July Vote to become a fire district passed with 62.76% voting FOR! We want to extend our sincerest appreciation to our community members who in the months and days preceding the July Election helped with gathering signatures on petitions, making phone calls, getting information out, working the polls, and turning out to cast your votes! A vote FOR meant placing the dues on Real Estate Property Taxes paving the way to increase the participation of dues paying members from 41% to over 90%. More participation will provide the needed funds to update equipment, improve training, equip more firefighters and first responders, and allow the department the funds needed to work toward the ever continuing goals of providing better protection for the community and lowering the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Ratings for the area resulting in money back in the pockets of the homeowners with lower insurance premiums. We will be working over the next few months to make the transition from 70 West Fire Protection Association to the newly formed District. We will share updates and information as soon as it's available.
This change means that next year's bills will not come from the Fire Department. You will see a line item on your tax statements and will have until October of next year before taxes are considered delinquent. Membership rates will remain the same price of $60 for residences and commercial rates will also remain the same based on the square footage of the occupancy and if it is considered hazardous or high risk. With the increase in the number of persons paying it is reasonable that rates should not increase. We are looking forward to what the increased funding will mean for services in our community in the future.
1st Apparatus Response: $300
Additional Apparatus: $200 each
Response per unit after 4 hours on scene: $100 per unit per hour.
Recovery costs may also be included for the use of materials and/or damaged equipment.
pride, professionalism, dedication, community,
Have questions? Need us to send copy of your proof of membership to your insurance company? Give us a call or email us.
Have questions? Want to know what it takes to become a volunteer firefighter? Give us a call or email us.
IS THERE A FIRE IN YOU?
If not us then who? Have you thought about becoming a volunteer? Come get your hands dirty with us! Contact us and find out how you can make a difference! DO SOMETHING GREAT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY! Were you created to be a part of the movement and do something great for others? Be a miracle for someone in their time of need. Make an impact! Get up and DO SOMETHING - VOLUNTEER! There are jobs for EVERYONE!
Must be at least 18 years of age and have a little time to attend training and respond on emergency calls and help out a fellow neighbor. Also, applicants will be subject to background checks and drug screening. All basic training can be obtained locally and it is a great way to get involved in community service and giving back to the area that you live in.
Don't think you can fight fire but want to help... WE NEED YOU TOO! Join our Fire Corps Division or Auxiliary! Have questions? Contact us and find out more! Click I WANT TO VOLUNTEER and get started on a new adventure today, tell us how you would like to get involved and DO SOMETHING!
562 (62.65%) - For
335 (37.35%) - Against
897 Total votes cast
6 (75.00%) - For
2 (25.00%) - Against
8 Total votes cast
* Coverage area in HS County is very small.