The Board of Commissioners of King County Fire Protection District No. 10 held a public hearing to consider the proposed ten-year continuation of the District’s Fire Benefit Charge, which will be on the August 3, 2021 general election ballot. The hearing was held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021 where District staff presented its benefit charge proposal. The Board of Fire Commissioners passed the Resolution on Fire Benefit Charge Renewal.
Fire Chief Jeff Clark welcomes the opportunity to provide a virtual 15-30 minute presentation to local groups and organizations to educate and answer questions about the fire benefit charge. To arrange a virtual presentation please contact Jamie Formisano at 425-313-3228.
Two virtual meetings will be held for community members with questions about the fire benefit charge renewal. The measure will appear on the election ballot being mailed to Fire District 10 voters next week.
The meetings will be held Wednesday, July 21 from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday, July 24 from 9-10 a.m. Members of the community can access the meetings virtually through the links below.
King County Fire District 10 funds emergency services through a fire levy capped at $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value and a voter-approved fire benefit charge. The fire levy is based on the assessed value of a property. The fire benefit charge is based on a structure’s size and use. It takes into consideration that those who benefit more from fire protection services (such as large, high fire-risk structures) should pay more than smaller ones (such as single-family homes).
The fire benefit charge is set annually at a public hearing with your elected Board of Fire Commissioners, and covers operation costs above what the fire levy funds. Operating efficiencies and cost savings from the Eastside Fire & Rescue partnership have allowed the fire benefit charge to be lowered from an average $0.68 in 2017 to $0.29 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2021.
Voters in King County Fire District 10 first approved a fire benefit charge in 2003, and have renewed it every six years after that. The fire benefit charge accounts for 23 percent of emergency services funding, and will expire at the end of the year. That is why the Board of Fire Commissioners for King County Fire District 10 is asking voters to renew the fire benefit charge during the August 3, 2021 Primary Election.
We appreciate you taking time to learn about this important revenue source that helps us save lives and property. More information about the fire benefit charge can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please contact Scott Faires, Budget Finance Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org.