The main revenue source for fire districts is tax revenue. This is made up of the assessed value of properties within the district and the tax rate approved by the Governing Board. Proposition 117 passed by voters in 2012 set the basis of assessed valuations from the full cash value to the limited property value. In addition to setting the valuation at a lower amount, the law limits growth in existing property valuations to 5% annually. Many fire districts throughout the state have not seen assessed valuations return to 2012 values. The tax rate set by the Governing Board is also capped by state law. While fire districts have done many innovative things to survive, both a global health crisis and unprecedented inflation have pushed many fire districts to their limits.


While fire districts realized strong growth in assessed valuations this year, it was not enough to combat increases for fuel, critical medical supplies, competitive pay and benefits for first responders and necessary equipment. The Governing Boards have tentatively approved a tax rate increase for the Buckeye Valley Fire District, North County Fire & Medical District, and the South County Fire & Medical District. This increase in funding will help:  


  • Maintain a minimum staffing level to respond to fire and emergency calls for service;
  • Add a Peer Support Coordinator to focus on first responder safety and mental health well-being;
  • Increases in fuel costs; and
  • Maintain competitive wages and benefits for first responders.


Identify the fire district you reside in below and click on it to calculate your estimated annual fire district tax rate at the propsed tax increases. The estimate may not be the final calculated tax amount from the Maricopa County Tax Assessor’s Office.

(Buckeye Valley)
(Sun City West, Coldwater Ranch, Corte Bella, Cross River, Dos Rios, Pinnacle Peak County Island, Rancho Cabrillo, Rancho Silverado, Rio Sierra, Sundero, Wittmann)
(Sun Lakes, Tonopah)
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Official website for the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority, the Buckeye Valley Fire District, the North County Fire & Medical District, and the South County Fire & Medical District.
Phone: (623) 544-5400 | Email:
18818 N. Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, Arizona 85375