Fire Patrol Charges 

The Oregon Department of Forestry is authorized by Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 477 to levy a special assessment on lands within designated forest protection districtsProperty may be included within such districts if in the judgment of the State Forester vegetation is present that may promote the ignition or spread of wildfire.  The stated purpose of the forest protection district is the preservation and conservation of forest lands through the prevention and suppression of fire.

    

 

Lane County is divided into two forest protection districts.  Western Lane Timber protects lands that are generally west of the I-5 corridor.  Eastern Lane Timber, sometimes referred to as South Cascade-Springfield Timber, protects lands protects lands generally east of the I-5 corridor.
 

 

Some property owners pay their forest protection assessments directly to the districts.  These owners are commonly referred to as association members.  All other owners pay their assessments to the county assessor who then distributes the money to the districts.  Forest protection fees are referred to on the assessor’s tax statements as Fire Patrol Eastern or Fire Patrol Western.

 

Oregon Revised Statutes Chapter 478 addresses the formation of Rural Fire Districts.  Land parcels within forest protection districts are not subject to rural fire district charges unless they include structures subject to damage by fire and not exceeding 5.00 acres of the total size.

 

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF FIRE PROTECTION CHARGES

 

1.    Your Local Fire District

2.    Regular Fire Patrol District Principle

3.    Fire Patrol Emergency Surcharge

 

LOCAL FIRE DISTRICTS

 

1.    The charge is an advalorem tax based on assessed value and appears as a line item under the General Government section on the tax statement. 

2.    The charge is calculated by the permanent rate established by Measure 50.

3.    May also include bonded debt or local option levy approved by voters.

 

FIRE PATROL REGULAR DISTRICT PRINCIPLE

 

1.    Is a special assessment based on a per acre charge or a minimum of $18.75, whichever is greater. 

2.    Applies to parcels that are within the Eastern Lane or Western Lane Forest Protection Districts. 

                    

FIRE PATROL EMERGENCY SURCHARGE

 

1.    A $47.50 charge that applies to improved parcels within The Eastern Lane or Western Lane Forest Protection Districts.              

2.    A parcel is improved if it has structures subject to damage by fire.

 

EXAMPLES OF HOW FIRE PATROL CHARGES AND RURAL FIRE DISTRICT CHARGES ARE APPLIED

 

A FIRE PATROL PARCEL THAT IS VACANT LAND

 

1.    Is not subject to the local fire district charges.

2.    Is not subject to the local fire district bonded debt unless the debt existed at the time of addition to the forest protection district.

3.    Is not subject to the local fire district local option levy.

4.    Is subject to the fire patrol regular district principle.

5.    Is not subject to the fire patrol emergency surcharge.  

 

IMPROVED PARCEL OF 5.00 ACRES OR LESS

 

1.    All land and improvements subject to local fire district charges.

2.    Is subject to fire patrol regular district principle.

3.    Is subject to the fire patrol emergency surcharge.

         

IMPROVED PARCEL OF 20.00 ACRES ENTIRELY COVERED BY FIRE PATROL

 

1.    Will receive one tax statement for 5.00 acres of land and all improvements subject to local fire district charges.

2.    Will receive an additional tax statement for 15.00 acres of land not subject to the local fire district charges.

3.    Is subject to fire patrol regular district principle.

4.    Is subject to fire patrol emergency surcharge.

 

IMPROVED PARCEL OF 20.00 ACRES WITH 5.00 ACRES COVERED BY FIRE PATROL

 

1.    Will receive one tax statement for 15.00 acres of land and all improvement value subject to local fire district charges. 

2.    Will receive an additional tax statement for 5.00 acres of land not subject to local fire district charges

3.    Is subject fire patrol regular district principle.

4.    Is subject to fire patrol emergency surcharge. 

 

The foregoing examples are a general overview of how tax is calculated for fire patrol special assessments. There are many other examples depending on the circumstances of individual properties.  Please direct any questions to our Public Information Service during regular business hours.