Cahaba Valley Fire & EMR District © | Main # 205-
Fire dues are payable by Dec 31st . Late fees will be added after Dec 31st. If you have not received your dues notice, call our billing office at 205-
Pay your Cahaba Valley
Fire & EMR District Fire Dues with your credit card, debit card, or bank account.
Processing fees $3.99 flat fee or 3.5% of transaction whichever is higher. Bank drafts are free.
Doxo payments will be honored on the “created date” due to this being our first year using this service. Please note that if you have created the payment on or before December 31st, there will be no penalty for the payment arriving after January 1st.
No doxo payment fees will be refunded should Cahaba Valley Fire District need to refund the payment. (Example, your mortgage company sent a payment that was posted to your account first so we will refund your payment. Doxo only sends us the payment, they keep the fees.)
Billing Office 205-
Check / please include account number and telephone number on your check. Mail or hand deliver to:
5487 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL 35242
We will accept Cash during regular business hours. 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. at
5487 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL 35242
We now accept credit card, debit card and bank draft payments through Doxo. Processing fee for this payment method is $3.99 flat fee or 3.5% of transaction whichever is higher. Bank drafts are free. This fee goes to Doxo. Payments can be made through link to the right —–> or on the link from our home page.
As long as the balance is paid by December 31st, you may make as many small payments as needed. However, if you cannot have the balance paid by December 31st, please call the Office Manager to sign a payment agreement. A Rebilling fee will be added in January but once all agreed upon payments are made in a timely manner, it will be reversed.
Bills go out the third week in September as a courtesy reminder. Fire dues are mandatory and must be paid in a timely manner. They are due October 1st and delinquent after December 31st. You are paying for the fiscal year which covers October 1st of this year through September 30th of the next year. Rebilling fees are added January 1st. These charges cannot be waived unless there has been a bookkeeping error on our part. Not receiving a bill does not constitute removal of rebilling fees. We are not responsible for address changes. It is the property owner’s responsibility to keep us informed of the correct billing address. If you sell your property, most title companies require an assessment letter stating whether dues are current. We will change the name on the account to the new owner at that time. However, you may want to contact us to make sure it was changed if an assessment letter was not requested. Fire dues on delinquent properties are turned over to an attorney who will try again to collect but, if unsuccessful, may result in foreclosure proceedings. The fire district has first lien rights above mortgage companies.
Mortgage companies have become more aggressive in paying fire dues. Unless specifically requested, we always send the bill to the property owner. We do not bill mortgage companies. When you receive your bill for fire dues, call your mortgage company to see if they will be paying them from your escrow account. Mortgage companies generally use third party tax services for items that can cause a lien to be placed on your property, i.e. taxes, fire dues, municipal assessments, etc. These institutions research your property to gather all that information (generally during October) and send it to your mortgage company. The mortgage company bills your escrow account (usually about the first of December) and pays the third party which in turn pays us (generally in the last couple of days of December). Payments made to us between October and December are not reflected in their records which will still show a balance due.
If your mortgage company sent you a letter stating that they paid your fire dues and you have paid them yourself . . .
We accept the first payment we receive, regardless of who pays it. Any other payments are returned to the payer. There will not be a double payment on your account and the mortgage company/tax service payment cannot be refunded to the property owner if they have already paid. Usually the property owner payment was received first and applied. The second payment has been returned to the mortgage company/tax service that sent it but the refund process generally takes 2 to 3 months to show the credit to your escrow account. Also, if they pay it once, chances are they will pay it again in the future. The best way to avoid the confusion is to let them pay it. If you are in doubt that it was paid, please call the CVFD Business Office about the middle of January and check. If they paid it in the past but not this time, arrangements for payment by the property owner can be made.
ASSESSMENT LETTER REQUEST
***Assessment letter fees will be $25 regardless of who requests the letter.***
Assessment letter request should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any faxed request will be returned via email if possible. There is a $25.00 charge. Please include the complete property address, seller and purchaser information, or owner information if it is for a refinance.
10/01/2018 to 09/30/2019
Fire Dues Fee Structure
From To Dues Amount
$0.00 to $99,999.00 $179.55
$100,000.00 to $199,999.00 $229.88
$200,000.00 to $299,999.00 $277.46
$300,000.00 to $399,999.00 $329.16
$400,000.00 to $499,999.00 $378.13
$500,000.00 to $599,999.00 $428.47
$600,000.00 to $699,999.00 $476.06
$700,000.00 to $799,999.00 $526.40
$800,000.00 to $899,999.00 $576.72
$900,000.00 to $999,999.00 $624.33
$1,000,000.00 to 1,099,999.00 $674.66
$1,100,000.00 And over $726.34
Commercial Rates are based on square footage of roofed floor space.
sprinklers $0.1436 per square foot, per year
Vacant Property Rates
Credit Card Processing Fees (online
payment through Doxo)
$3.99 flat fee or 3.5% of transaction whichever is higher. Bank drafts are free.