The Only Way to Get a Guaranteed Response From One of the Best Fire Districts in Southern Arizona is by Annexing Your Neighborhood Into the Rincon Valley Fire District.

Rincon Valley Fire District

We’ve proudly served Vail and Southern Arizona since 1985, but there are still some neighborhoods that remain ineligible to receive emergency fire and medical services. Do you live in one of them?

Check the map below to see if your neighborhood is included. If not, and if you want guaranteed emergency services, it’s time to annex.

What Does Annexation Mean and Why Should I Care?

Rincon Valley Fire District ResponseWon’t an ambulance always respond if I call 911?

If there’s a fire, won’t your firefighters always come to put it out?

Although we do our best, we’re not able to respond to every emergency. If you live in an area that hasn’t been annexed yet, we cannot guarantee a response. Even if we’ve responded in the past, we’re unable to guarantee future service if you’re not a part of the Rincon Valley Fire District.

The next question we hear often is, “What will annexing do to my taxes? Won’t it cost me more to be a part of the Rincon Valley Fire District?”

One of the biggest roadblocks for residents when it comes to annexation is the increase in the tax burden. Although becoming a part of the Rincon Valley Fire District will mean a slight rise in your taxes, you will save money in other areas.

Lower property insurance premiums.

Most insurance companies will lower your premiums if you live in a fire district. And Rincon Valley Fire District is proud to have one of the lowest ISO ratings in Southern Arizona, which means you stand an even greater chance at saving on your property insurance.

Eliminate the risk of large bills.

When an emergency strikes, the last thing you want to worry about is your finances. Yet, without living in an annexed neighborhood, if we are able to respond to your emergency, you will receive a bill after services are rendered. A typical ambulance transport costs approximately $1,400. You can avoid that cost and guarantee a response when you need it the most by annexing.

Increase your opportunity to sell your home or land.

The real estate market is more challenging than ever these days. If you live in an area that has not been annexed, you will likely have a more difficult time selling your home or land. Don’t add to the challenge. Sell faster and for a higher price when you are ready by annexing now.

Deduct Fire District taxes from your income taxes.

Although your property tax burden might see an increase, you’ll be able to deduct local taxes that are levied for the general public welfare from your income taxes.

Annexation Gives You More Than You Might Expect

Emergency services are just the beginning. By annexing your property into the Rincon Valley Fire District, you will get access to even more services.

Prevention Services

Our goal is to make it so you never have to use any of our emergency services. To achieve this goal, we offer a variety of preventative services. These include:

  • Smoke alarm checks
  • Installing smoke detectors
  • Replacing smoke detector batteries
  • Desert creature removal
  • Block party assistance
  • Fire safety and prevention classes
  • CPR instruction
  • Car seat installation from a car seat technician
  • Senior safety programs
  • Investigations

Most of these services are free of charge to all of the residents living in our annexed area. Residents in the Rincon Valley Fire District will also receive a discount on fee-based services.

Equity and Stability in Your Emergency Services

As a fire district, we’re constantly making new decisions about how to best serve our community. Do you want to have a voice in decisions made in the Rincon Valley Fire District? Do you want the opportunity to run for a position on the Rincon Valley Fire District board, or have a say in who sits at the table? If so, you must live within the district.

By annexing into the Rincon Valley Fire District, you’ll be able to bring your opinions to the forefront as we make important decisions about the future of our community.

Are You a Home Developer or Multi-Parcel Land Owner?

Serving the Vail community is our priority and that includes working with multi-parcel land owners and developers to get annexed and get protection for their future residents. We offer reduced fees for fire code plan reviews and inspections in two ways. Which option is right for you?

Option 1:

Before you sell any home, build any common areas, or lay pavement for new roadways, we’ll work with you to annex the entire area. This gives your construction crews the highest level of safety as they bring your vision to life. And, when development is complete, your newest homeowners will have immediate coverage, saving them from having to annex their individual property at a later date, which can help fuel home sales.

Option 2:

We also offer a Pre-Annexation Agreement. This agreement commits the developer and landowner to assist with future annexations for residents on individual lots or in individual homes. Do this in the agreed upon timeframe and you will be reimbursed for non-resident fees collected during the planning and permitting process. Please note, this does not allow for immediate response to these areas until the individual parcels are annexed into the Rincon Valley Fire District.

We’re Here to Help Make Annexing Your Neighborhood as Easy as Possible

To annex into any fire district, there is a specific procedure you must follow, according to Arizona State Law. We’re here to make that process as simple for you and your neighbors as possible. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Prepare a boundary change impact statement to present to the Rincon Valley Fire District board. This must include the following, which we will help you put together:
    • A legal description of the boundaries of the area;
    • A detailed list of taxable properties provided by the assessor;
    • An estimate of the assessed valuation within the boundaries of the proposed change;
    • An estimate of the change in the tax rate of the district if the proposed change is made;
    • An estimate of the change in the property tax liability;
    • A list and explanation of the benefits that will result because of the proposed change;
    • A list of the injuries that made result from the proposed change.
  • Once received, we will set up a hearing on the boundary change impact statement not fewer than 20 days and no more than 30 days after. We will notify other residents and landowners in your area by posting a notice in three conspicuous places throughout the boundary. We will also send out a notice to all of the taxable property owners within the boundaries.
  • We will also mail a notice to the Board of Supervisors in Pima County to submit comments on the proposed change within 10 days of receipt of the statement and notice.
  • At the hearing, all opinions both for and against the proposed change will be taken into consideration. It is then determined that the proposed change will promote the public health, comfort, convenience, necessity or welfare of the boundary. If so, the impact statement is approved.
  • Once approved, we will help you start collecting signatures in your area. We need a minimum of more than one-half of the taxable property units within the boundaries owned by more than one-half of the assessed valuation of the property within the boundaries of the proposed change. The exact number will be determined by the Clerk of the Board.
  • The signed petition must be received within one year from the date of approval. Once the petition has been received, we will set up another hearing no less than 10 days and no more than 30 days after receipt. The signatures will have been examined prior to the hearing to determine if they are valid.
  • Once the petitions and changes have been validated and approved, the boundary change is approved. We will file a copy of the change with the County Recorder and the change will go into effect after 30 days.

Although the process looks daunting, we take on the bulk of the work for you, making it as simple as possible for you, the home or land owner. Why? Because we want to be able to provide you these services. We want to respond when you need us the most. It’s why we became firefighters, to begin with. We’re here to serve you however we can, including helping you get the emergency services you need to live your best life in Rincon Valley.

Contact Us to Get Emergency Services in Your Area Today

You don’t have to do this alone. From answering questions to helping get signatures and fill out the paperwork, we’re here to help every step of the way. Contact us to get started.

By phone: (520) 647-3760

By email: laura@rinconvalleyfd.org

In person: 14550 E. Sands ranch Road, Vail, AZ 85641