FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is the assessment necessary?
Currently, we face:
If the Current Dues System Continues-
Will the Fire Company remain a volunteer agency?
Our intention is to continue the professional, volunteer service that has been provided since 1852.
How will the money be spent?
What if the City of Washington annexes into the rural district area?
By state statute the rural district would still collect taxes from those areas for 3 years, and then they would revert to city taxation.
How do I know if I live in the area that is proposed to be the Washington Community Fire Protection District?
Look on your Franklin County real estate tax bill. If there is a “0.00” next to the fire amount, you are in the district.
Will my service change?
The services you currently enjoy will still be delivered in the same way... The Washington Community Fire District will simply provide the funding for us to continue, with agency partners (Washington Fire Company, Washington Fire Department), delivering the level of support our community has come to expect. See our PLANS page for more details on what you can expect from the Washington Community Fire District.
How much will this cost?
Click Here for some examples of properties with current and proposed fee amounts.
If the tax passes when will the new station be built?
We will do our best to have it done within 5 years. We can’t say for sure what amount of funds we will receive, if it is higher than we’ve estimated, the station could be completed sooner. We must also consider apparatus for the station in the financial plan.
Is there a state statute that requires the department must transition to a paid work force after a specified time period?
No, there is no such law, and we have no plans to make that change.