Landowners should receive fire benefit charge notices soon

January 11, 2011

By Staff

Fire Protection District 10 commissioners mailed 2011 fire benefit charge notices to landowners in the district in late December.

The notice includes a letter of explanation and the actual per-parcel benefit charge information. The notice is not a bill.

Included in the per-parcel information is the benefit charge formula, the square footage of record received from the King County Assessor’s Office, the use category and the total charge to be included in landowners’ 2011 property tax bills.

Landowners do not need to respond to the notice unless they believe the notice contains erroneous information.

“The notice is an opportunity to review the information used to calculate the charge before it is applied to their 2011 property tax bill,” district Budget Finance Analyst Scott Faires said. “The fire benefit charge will appear on the bill under the ‘special’ category and be collected by the county.”

The fire district includes Klahanie, May Valley, Preston, Tiger Mountain and Carnation. Fire District 10 is a part of Eastside Fire & Rescue.

If landowners believe the fire benefit charge to be in error, the amount can be appealed. Find appeal forms at the EFR and District 10 headquarters, 175 Newport Way N.W., and the EFR website.

Then, deliver, fax or mail the completed appeal form to EFR headquarters. The forms must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

The benefit charge can also be appealed in person — after filing a written appeal by Feb. 4 — at an appeal hearing at 4 p.m. Feb. 16. Landowners do not need to be present at the hearing for their appeals to be considered.

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