The City of Elkins charges a Fire Protection Service Fee to all property owners served by the Elkins Fire Department. Formerly, this fee was only charged to owners of properties inside city limits, even though the Elkins Fire Department must respond to emergency calls throughout the 150-square-mile “first due area” assigned to it by the West Virginia Fire Marshal. As of July 1, 2015, Fire Protection Service Fees will be charged to all property owners under the protection of the Elkins Fire Department, both inside city limits and throughout the rest of the department’s first-due area.
Click here to download a copy of the legislation governing Fire Protection Service Fees.
Click here to download an information sheet about the Fire Protection Service Fees and a map showing the area included.
The rates are the same inside and outside the city. Fees are charged to property owners as follows:
- Owner-occupied homes: $100 per year.
- One-unit and two-unit rentals: $100 per unit (charged to owner).
- Rentals with three units or more: $0.05 per foot (charged to owner).
- Commercial and industrial buildings: $0.05 per foot (charged to owner).
- Trailer parks: $100 per trailer.
Why are we doing this?
- To ensure that all property owners protected by the Elkins Fire Department (EFD) help pay for that protection.
- To be able to increase EFD staffing and speed emergency response time.
Under what authority may the City of Elkins do this?
West Virginia Code §8-13-13 grants cities the authority to charge such a fee, even outside city limits. A 2014 West Virginia Supreme Court memorandum decision confirmed this authority.
If you have questions about what you will be charged or other aspects of the administration of this fee, please contact Tracy Judy, Elkins City Treasurer, at: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1317.