Why do I both pay a tax to a fire protection district and the FFPA to DNR?
Your property is located within a fire protection district, has a home or other “improvement," and is considered “forest land" subject to protection by the DNR. If your property were completely improved (having no forest land), you would only pay the fire protection levy and the fire protection district (FPD) would be the only service provider. If your property had no improvements (like a house or other structures), you would pay only FFPA and DNR would be responsible for fire protection. In your instance, your property is considered to have both improvements and forest land, the FPD and DNR both have protection responsibility and you therefore pay both the levy and the FFPA. Should you have questions about the levy and your improvements, you should contact your county tax assessor. If you have questions about the FFPA assessment, contact your local DNR office.

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1. What is the Forest Fire Protection Assessment?
2. How does DNR know what is “forest land?"
3. What's the definition of “unimproved land?"
4. My property is mostly shrubs and grasses with only a few trees. Why am I being assessed FFPA?
5. Why do I both pay a tax to a fire protection district and the FFPA to DNR?
6. What are the current FFPA rates and who sets them?
7. My property tax statement said I owed $17.90. I applied for and received a refund, but it was only for $17.40. What happened to the other $0.50?
8. Why is the FFPA acreage for my parcel smaller than the actual size of my parcel?
9. Are any private and state forest lands exempt from this assessment?
10. If I own several small parcels, must I pay the minimum assessment on each one?