Budget & Operational Plans

The Financial Services Division disseminates the Budget Development Schedule to all stakeholders in the budget process following direction from the Governing Board and Fire Chief regarding previously identified expectations and critical priorities. Budget submission deadlines are set, and guidelines provided for managers to use in the preparation of base and supplemental budget requests. Division and program managers developed their budgets at the line level with input from the James Vincent Group (JVG), a contracted financial consultancy, and from employees within their respective sections. Upon submission, the proposed line-item budgets were reviewed by the Fire Chief, the Assistant Chiefs, JVG, and the responsible employee(s). Necessary modifications were made, reviewed, and finalized in the line-item budgets before inclusion in the final document. Throughout this process, the Governing Boards were updated regularly on the budget’s progress and informed of any items that may have had a significant variance over the previous year’s budget. Additional direction was issued by the Governing Boards regarding these variances when necessary.

A tentative Annual Budget and Operational Plan will be presented in detail by the JVG to the Boards and the public during the public budget meeting. During this meeting, responsible division and program managers will present their proposed line-item budgets. The board members and public attendees are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the tentative budget and its contribution to supporting the Member Districts and the Authority's service level goals. Upon completion of the thorough examination of the tentative budget, modifications will be assimilated into the document for finalization.

The Arizona Revised Statute, A.R.S. §48-805(A)2, requires that a public notice of the proposed tentative budget be posted in three public locations, and be placed on the Authority/District’s websites at least twenty days prior to the public hearing held at a meeting called by the Governing Board for adoption. The mandated 20-Day posting period will begin on May 29, 2024, and end on June 18, 2024. Copies of the budgets are available below and at the Arizona Fire & Medical District /Authority Administrative Offices. 

The Public Budget Hearings to adopt the tentative Fiscal Year 2024/25 Annual Budget and Operational Plan for the Buckeye Valley Fire District was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 6:00 p.m.

The Public Budget Hearings to adopt the tentative Fiscal Year 2024/25 Annual Budget and Operational Plan for the South County Fire & Medical District, the North County Fire & Medical District and the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 9:00 a.m.

The tentative budget adoption establishes the maximum appropriation for the next fiscal year. Upon final adoption, the budget will be submitted to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and the Maricopa County Assessor in accordance with state law. The Board of Supervisors’ office works with the Assessor’s office to create the tax levy and generates the mileage rates to be used for each fiscal year.


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