2014 Arkansas Code
Title 14 - Local Government
Subtitle 2 - County Government
Chapter 20 - Quorum Or Levying Courts
§ 14-20-108 - Dues for volunteer fire departments.

AR Code § 14-20-108 (2014) What's This?

(a) (1) (A) The quorum court of each county, upon request filed with the quorum court by one (1) or more volunteer fire departments in the county, may adopt an ordinance authorizing a designated county official to collect and remit to the volunteer fire department the annual or quarterly dues charged by the volunteer fire department in consideration of providing fire protection to unincorporated areas in the county.

(B) (i) (a) When a quorum court receives a request for the levy of volunteer fire department dues and the request has been signed by the fire chief and the chair and secretary of the board of directors, if any, of a volunteer fire department and filed with the county clerk, the quorum court by ordinance shall call for an election on the issue of the levy of the volunteer fire department dues on each residence and on each business having an occupiable structure.

(b) (1) The issue may be placed on the ballot at a special election by order of the quorum court in accordance with § 7-11-201 et seq.

(2) The special election shall be held by August 1.

(c) (1) If the levy is approved by a majority of those voting on the issue, the dues shall be listed annually on real property tax statements and collected by the county collector at the same time and in the same manner as real property taxes.

(2) (A) The county collector shall report delinquencies to the volunteer fire department for collection.

(B) A volunteer fire department may collect dues that have become delinquent and may enforce collection by proceedings in a court of proper jurisdiction.

(ii) The cost of the election shall be borne by the volunteer fire department that requested the levy.

(2) The ordinance enacted by the quorum court shall set forth the terms and conditions on which the dues are to be collected by the county and for the remission of the dues to the volunteer fire department.

(3) However, an active member of a volunteer fire department whose annual or quarterly dues are collected in this manner may be exempt from the annual or quarterly dues charged by the volunteer fire department at the discretion of the volunteer fire department in consideration of providing services to the volunteer fire department.

(b) (1) The quorum court by majority vote may designate the geographical area that a volunteer fire department serves.

(2) Upon request by a volunteer fire department, the quorum court of each county involved may authorize a volunteer fire department to serve a geographical area to extend across the county boundary lines.

(c) The quorum court may establish its own countywide fire department, either regular or voluntary.

(d) This section does not change the authority of intergovernmental cooperation councils to enter into reciprocal agreements or to distribute funds under § 14-284-401 et seq. and § 26-57-614.

(e) (1) If approved by ordinance by the governing body of an incorporated town or a city of the second class on the request of and signed by the fire chief and the chair and secretary of the board of directors, if any, of a volunteer fire department, an incorporated town or a city of the second class located in the volunteer fire department district that is not served by a fire department may be included in the fire protection area with the dues levied and collected in the same manner as in the unincorporated areas served by the volunteer fire department district.

(2) (A) The governing body of the incorporated town or city of the second class by ordinance shall call for an election on the ordinance under subdivision (e)(1) of this section.

(B) The issue may be placed on the ballot at a special election by order of the governing body in accordance with § 7-11-201 et seq., and the special election shall be held by August 1.

(C) If the issue is approved by a majority of those voting on the issue, the incorporated town or city of the second class shall be served by the volunteer fire department district with the dues levied and collected in the same manner as in the unincorporated areas served by the volunteer fire department district.

(D) The cost of the election shall be borne by the governing body of the incorporated town or city of the second class that called for the election.

(f) At the discretion of a volunteer fire department, a church served by a volunteer fire department may be exempt from dues if the church is exempt from real property taxes.

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