How is the rate of the fire benefit charge set?

The rate is set by your elected Board of Fire Commissioners in a public hearing every year during the fall budget process to take affect the following year. By law, the fire benefit charge revenue may not exceed 60% percent of King County Fire District 10’s operating budget. The fire benefit charge for 2021 has been set at 23.1% percent of the operating budget.

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1. What is a "fire benefit charge"?
2. How does it work?
3. How much is the fire benefit charge?
4. Why do communities support a fire benefit charge?
5. When was the fire benefit charge passed? How long will it last?
6. Where will I see this charge? How do I pay it?
7. How is the rate of the fire benefit charge set?
8. Who is exempt from paying the benefit charge? Are there any discounts?
9. How do you get information on the size of structure/s on my property?
10. What if I think the fire benefit charge on my structure is incorrect?
11. What is the formula to calculate the fire benefit charge?
12. Who can I contact with additional questions?