Fire Protection Fund Information

City of Charlotte Fire Protection Fund

The City of Charlotte is facing a significant budgetary shortfall. In an effort to protect city services, including the fire department, we are considering the creation of a Special Assessment District to provide dedicated funding for the fire department. This will ensure the department is protected from cuts due to funding shortfalls in the city. We recognize the fire department provides an invaluable service to our community. Firefighters work hard to keep the community safe beyond fighting fires and responding to emergencies. They also serve an important role in fire prevention, disaster preparedness, and education on fire safety. Our firefighters are on-call to respond to any emergency which may include life saving evacuation, hazard mitigation, and medical emergencies. All these duties require on-going training and equipment to provide the services we all depend upon in our time of need.

Back at the station, their duties continue as they maintain equipment and vehicles, stay up-to-date on latest training and best practices, and engage in practice drills to keep their skills sharp. Our fire department also serves as a valuable partner in the community providing public education and community outreach. Coordinating with the schools to provide fire safety education for children, along with events like the Christmas Kiddies, our fire department is truly a community resource. Recognizing the important benefits of the fire department has led the city officials to consider this dedicated assessment to ensure the funding needed remains available to maintain these services. Without this additional revenue, we will not be able to continue to provide the same level of service by the fire department, or any of the other valuable city services. To learn more about this assessment, and how it will impact your tax bill please links below:

Special Assessment Tax Roll 2021 – Excel worksheet

Special Assessment Tax Roll 2021 – PDF

Fire Protection Fund Public Hearing Power Point

Fire Protection Fund Special Assessment General FAQ

Fire Protection Fund Special Assessment Millage Amount FAQ

Public Hearing Q & A

To learn more about the city’s finances, click here to view budgets and audits

In 2020, the city conducted a fiscal and operational analysis click here to read the consultant’s report with findings and recommendations.