Since other folks are asking it is time for another post about fire dues. WPFD is a volunteer fire department. Dues are charged annually to residential properties at the rate of $50 per year. Commercial properties are $100 per year. If you have a structure, any kind of structure on the property, then you would be charged dues in one of two ways, either on your annual real estate tax bill or you will receive an invoice.
If you live within 5 miles of a fire station AND live in Pulaski or Saline County, those dues are on your Real Estate Tax Assessment and should be paid with the annual tax bill and likely would be paid as a part of your mortgage. If you don’t have a mortgage, then you would need to pay that directly with tax payments. Saline County residents that used to receive invoices from us may not get them this year due to annexation of some properties to our fire district in Saline nearest to our Station 1 area on Col. Glenn. This means if you used to get an invoice directly from us, it may be a change to see it on your real estate invoice in the past year or so.
If you live outside of the 5-mile radius of your closest fire station then your dues are invoiced annually. You would get a bill sometime in the first quarter of the year. If you have not gotten a bill yet, it is probably going to come out sometime in February or March. Our district assessor keeps up with properties in our fire district. The updates are sent by end of the year and then are processed by Pulaski, Saline, or Perry counties (whichever is applicable). The counties actually send the invoices out for us if you are not in the station radius to have the charge added directly to your tax bill. It is a legal thing and eventually, we hope everyone has the dues applied more consistently on the real estate assessment invoice for consistency.
If you have not gotten your bill yet, you should have your 2020 invoice soon. We operate on the timetables of the respective counties so there can be some variance in the timeline based on their workload.
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