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Overview of the Two-Part Funding System

On April 27, 2010, voters approved the formation, funding, and governance of the Kent Regional Fire Authority by a 72% super majority. The Kent Regional Fire Authority began operations as a municipal corporation on July 1, 2010. On January 1, 2017, Kent Fire changed their name to Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

Puget Sound Fire uses a voter-approved two-part funding method authorized under RCW 52.26.180. The two-part system includes property tax and a fire benefit charge.

State law requires that regional fire authorities reauthorize the two-part funding method every six years, and on April 26, 2016 voters reauthorized this funding system.

This two-part funding method balances general purpose taxes and a user fee (benefit charge) charged to buildings based on risk and need for service. It is called a benefit charge because it refers to the benefit of having fire protection available. For more detailed information please watch the RFA Funding Sources Part 1 and Part 2 videos. NOTE: These videos were updated in 2016 prior to the organizational name change. 

 

Two-part funding system chart shows funding from property tax and the fire benefit charge