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North County Fire and Medical District

Arizona Fire & Medical Authority

On February 28, 2017, the Governing Boards of North County Fire & Medical District and Sun Lakes Fire District approved the adoption of an Intergovernmental Agreement forming the first Fire & Medical Authority in Maricopa County, Arizona. The new Arizona Fire & Medical Authority was established pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes governing a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). Under this model, the two districts maintain local control over their budgets and services provided while maintaining separate tax rates. However, the personnel, equipment, facilities and daily operations of the combined districts are governed by a JPA Board (Effective as of July 1, 2017). The Authority Board is comprised of elected officials who are appointed from each agency participating in the JPA with the goal of providing equitable representation.

Fire districts in Arizona are struggling to recover from a historic recession. Making this recovery more difficult are extremely restricted funding sources for districts including tax rate caps, budget growth ceilings, and the passage of Proposition 117 that confines growth in property valuation to 5% or less annually. These constraints, coupled with increasing operational costs, are having a damaging impact on emergency services throughout the state. North County Fire & Medical District has always been proactive in recognizing threats to the District’s shrinking financial stability and has made a concerted effort to hold down resident’s property taxes. As a matter of practice, the District has continually utilized a long-term financial projection process in order to remain fiscally responsible.

Numerous fire service organizations have turned to a new shared services model.  The term “shared services” is used in a broad sense to include any arrangement where the districts share in revenue, cost or operational responsibility.  This business model enables resources to be leveraged across an entire organization resulting in lower costs.

North County Fire & Medical District and Sun Lakes Fire District have a long history of cooperative efforts. The combination of the current fiscal environment coupled with the past collaborative efforts created a perfect window of opportunity to explore expanded shared services as both districts endeavored to maintain financial stability and diminish the prospect of a workforce reduction which would seriously impact critical emergency services to our residents.

An analysis was conducted and indicated that decreased operating costs, increased cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved service delivery to taxpayers would be realized with the formation of a JPA. As was pointed out in the analysis, the formation of the JPA decreased the estimated North County property tax rate by roughly $.20 cents in 2017 alone. In addition, a tax rate savings is forecasted for each of the next ten years.  The JPA will assist both districts in their ongoing efforts to maintain or enhance the current level of emergency services while maintaining financial stability.

Most importantly, there will be no change to District resident’s daily emergency services. One of the primary benefits of the new JPA is the reduction in administrative overhead costs.  This administrative cost reduction provides both districts the opportunity to reallocate funding to stabilize fire and EMS service delivery. It affords both districts the ability to meet the goal of providing the highest level of caring and quality service to its residents.

For more information regarding the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority, please click on the links on the top right side of this web page. You can also contact Assistant Chief Mary Dalton at or by calling (623) 544-5400.

Administration Office Phone Numbers
Business: 623-544-5400
Fax: 623-544-5455
Administration Office Hours
Monday-Thursday (Excluding Holidays)
7:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Administration Office Address
18818 N. Spanish Garden Drive
Sun City West, Arizona 85375
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