Benton County Fire District 4 operates under a balanced budget and has a long history of passing its independent audits by the state. Daily emergency operations are funded through two levies paid through property taxes. The amounts are capped at the voter-approved rate of $1.50 for Fire and 50 cents for EMS (per $1,000 of assessed property value).
Over time, these levy rates fall as property values rise to limit the fire district to roughly the same amount of revenue per year. At times, we ask our community for a “lid lift” to return a levy to its original amount. Lid lifts help us keep up with higher call volumes, and the increasing costs for service.
While our levies fund daily operations, bonds are used for capital items, such as fire stations and engines. We are grateful for your support to help us save lives and property.