The Management of the Hillsboro Fire Protection District strives for transparency. We want our tax payers to know where their money is going and how it is being spent. We are more than happy to discuss any questions our taxpayers may have. Here are a few facts: For the Fiscal Year 2019 (Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019) the Hillsboro Fire District's tax rate is $0.5198 per $100.00 of assessed valuation. This typically cost a homeowner of a $150,000.00 house $154.00 a year or 42 cents a day.
As promised with the passage of the 2015 sales tax, your 2018 tax rate was again lowered from $0.5409 to $.5198!
We have the lowest tax rate for any Fire District in Jefferson County. We are a completely solvent district with no debt or long term liabilities.
Our current budget for FY2019 is $998,108 from General Revenue and an additional $33,400 in available grant funds for a total of $1,031,508.00. This money goes to maintain 9 pieces of apparatus, 2 engine houses, 10 full time paid firefighters, and 25 volunteer firefighters. Our budget includes four different funds:
General Fund - All income comes into this account and this account is used to pay the bills every 2 weeks. Annually, money from the general fund is budgeted to be transferred to other funds from this fund.
Equipment and Apparatus Fund - This fund is where we show the money we are saving for long term capital expenses such as fire trucks and other very expensive projects. We attempt to save what we can for capital purchases. A new pumper costs anywhere from $500,000.00-$600,000.00. To replace our entire fleet cost in excess of 2.5 million dollars. We attempt to transfer 80 to 100 thousand annually to this fund. In 2019 we are replacing a staff vehicle. We will be purchasing a new pumper next year, all paid for with cash.
Building and Land Fund - This fund was just established last year to begin the process to save for a new Head Quarters Station, which we desperately need. Our current engine house was built in the 70's with an addition in the mid 90's. We have outgrown our engine house and administrative offices. Unfortunately with the small amount of money we are able to save annually, it will be decades before we have enough money for a new engine house.
Grant Fund - This fund tracks money received from grants and expenses associated with grant funding and is restricted to use only on grant related projects. In 2019 we will be purchasing a new set of Vehicle Extrication Tools with grant money we received.
Did you know that we hire an independent audit firm annually to perform a complete audit of the district's financial position? This is part of our Board of Directors and Administration's commitment to the transparency of your fire district. 2018's Audit report can be viewed by clicking the link below! 2018 Financial Audit
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