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 2021 (Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021) the Hillsboro Fire District's tax rate is $0.5247 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 2021 tax rate has been lowered from our tax rate ceiling of $0.6147 down to $0.5247. That is a full $0.09 you are saving due to the sales tax.
We have the lowest tax rate for any Fire District in Jefferson County. We are a completely solvent district.
Our current budget for FY2021 is $1,063,000.00 from General Revenue (Real, Personal and Sales Tax), an additional $312,331 in available grant funds to hire 6 more full time firefighters, and $35,800.00 in other funding sources (permit fees, interest income, sale of assets) for a total of $1,411,131.00. This money goes to maintain 12 various pieces of apparatus, 2 engine houses, 15 full time paid firefighters, and 20 volunteer firefighters. It should be noted the $312,331 is only available for 3 years due to the district receiving a federal grant to hire 6 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 2021 we are replacing a staff vehicle. Within the next 6 years, 2 large fire apparatus will need to be replaced. The combined cost is $1,000,000.00. We must be diligent about saving money.
Building and Land Fund - This fund was established to begin the process to save for a new Head Quarters Station, which we desperately need. Our current engine house was built in the 60'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.
Check out the links below to view our FY 2021 budgets.
Did you know that we hire an independent audit firm annually to perform a complete audit of the district's financial position and a complete review of management practices? This is part of our Board of Directors and Administration's commitment to the transparency of your fire district. 2020's Audit report can be viewed by clicking the link below! 2020 Management Report 2020 Financial Audit
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