Why do communities support a fire benefit charge?

Old funding models for emergency services were only based only on a property’s assessed value. That meant two properties of the same size could be charged differently depending on location. However, the cost to defend them in a fire was likely the same. A fire benefit charge is based on a property’s size and risk of fire, which many people feel is a fairer way to charge for emergency services.

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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?