Fire Flow Program Extension
Extension of Fire Flow Program Will Improve Water System’s Fire-Fighting Capacity
The MMWD Board of Directors approved extending the $75 annual fire flow fee for an additional 19 years (2012-2031) at a public hearing held on May 17, 2012. The fee will fund such water system improvements as the replacement of approximately 52 miles of inadequate pipe and seismic stabilization/retrofits at pump stations and pipe bridges.
Note regarding 2012 property tax bills: The district’s $75 fire flow fee will be included on your property tax bill as shown in the example below:
MMWD - Fire Flow $75.00
Different fire districts in Marin County may or may not have fire fighting or fire prevention fees. If you have questions about fire-related fees other than MMWD’s, please check with the fire district listed on your property tax bill.
If you received a separate tax bill from the State Board of Equalization for a $150 Cal Fire Prevention Fee, click here for that agency’s website. This fee is not related to MMWD’s fire flow fee.
Exemption from MMWD Fire Flow Fee
You may qualify for an exemption to the annual $75 fire flow fee if the value of your parcel is less than $10,000. To find out if your property is exempt, please contact Cheryl Howlett in MMWD’s Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415/945-1404. Please have your parcel number available. If you are exempt, MMWD will notify the county, and they will send you a revised property tax bill.
You can also write to Cheryl Howlett at:
MMWD Finance Department
220 Nellen Ave.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
There is no exemption from the fee for seniors.
Note: Multiple contiguous parcels that have been combined by the County Assessor’s Office into one parcel will qualify for an exemption on all but the one combined parcel. To request an Assessor Parcel Combination, contact the County Assessor's Office. Click here for more information from the county about combining parcels. A $150 fee is required to combine parcels.
In February the MMWD Board of Directors voted to issue a notice to property owners within MMWD’s service area that the board intends to extend a $75 per parcel fire flow fee, begun in 1997, for 19 years (2012 through 2031).
Click here to read the notice to MMWD customers and property owners about the fee extension.
Click here to read the list of projects that will be funded by the fee.
Click here for a list of the most frequently asked questions about the fire flow program.