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How much MORE will it cost you? More than you can imagine: 2010 your house was $200,000 x $1 per thousand fire district RFA rate = $200. 2018 it's $400,000 x $1 fire rate = $400. Watch out for fire districts and cities floating a 101 limit cap waiver with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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NO Prop 1 for dummies: 2010 your house was $200,000 x $1 fire rate = $200. Today it's $400,000 x $1 fire rate = $400. If Kent's RFA gets a property tax levy lid lift, they automatically get a Fire Benefit Charge lid lift! Kent’s RFA wants to increase your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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Kent’s Police Department can be funded thru the city’s regular budget, not through unrelated taxes on Utilities you rely upon every day. In 2010, Kent’s elected leaders disposed of the Kent Fire Department to “save money” by sponsoring the Kent Regional Fire Authority, thinking several million dollars would be freed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
The following will appear in Voice of the Valley: I was driving through town yesterday and saw several red and white signs advising us to vote “yes” on Prop 1. Knowing that we voted it down last November and last August, I was curious what the Fire Department was up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Dear Chief Schneider, Please tell me why you and your RFA governing board continue to ignore the fact that Puget Sound RFA isn't charging FBC on many outbuildings. We tax payers are told FBC is fair and equal, but you and your board know this isn't true. Home and outbuildings... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Dear Chief Tyerman, Your FD43 commissioners' FBC resolution states all buildings will be charged FBC, barns, shops, outbuildings. Repeated a second time in your voter's guide Explanatory Statement. Chief Doerflinger stated last year that all buildings over 400 sq ft, will be charged FBC. If outbuildings are excluded from FBC,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Fact: FBC funding scheme takes away your right to vote on district budget limit; allows commissioners to vote for you and then spend your money - pretty much amount way they want to! Fact: FD or RFA "gave up" levying .50 per $1000 AV in exchange for assessing FBC. FBC... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Unlike Suzette Cooke, I would not have signed over the city fire department thereby forming Kent's RFA. Kent taxpayers would have saved $100 million. That's right, folks, the RFA has cost you $100 mil more than if the city would have continued to provide fire service. That is a huge... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Hello Chief Clark, It is my civic duty to share with you that your Eastside Fire & Rescue Fire District 10 FBC allocation system is faulty - many of your tax payers have been overcharged the last 12 years. The only tax payers FD 10 hasn't overcharged are the ones... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Dear Chief Doerflinger, There is no argument Maple Valley / Hobart / Ravensdale property owners should expect to be correctly assessed the Fire Benefit Charge. As it stands, many Maple Valley / Hobart tax payers will be over billed, because your proposed FD43 FBC funding allocation system is faulty. You... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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This Prop 1 Fire Benefit Charge (FBC) scheme will hurt Maple Valley family farms. It's a Farm tax. A Barn tax. A Chicken Coop tax. A Greenhouse tax. A Horse Arena tax. A Tractor Shed tax. The FBC scheme taxes all buildings by the square foot. Your Maple Valley family... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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It was Representative Mark Hargrove who told me, "...going against fire is a career killer". Senator Joe Fain looked me in the eyes and called RFAs, "... an expensive layer of government". Now he's endorsing the Renton RFA scheme. As are the elected officials: Mayor Denis Law and five (5)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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Fact: Shameful conflict of interest. District fire commissioners and RFA board members are compensated by the district they work for - they don't represent you - they decide how big to make your annual FBC bill. Note: HB1167 seeks to expand commissioner's benefits. Fact: Three Kent / Puget Sound RFA... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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La carga fiscal de prestaciones para el servicio de bomberos (conocida en inglés como Fire Benefit Charge o FBC) perjudica a los ancianos y la disponibilidad de viviendas asequibles. La Regional Fire Authority (RRFA) de Renton actúa en calidad de autoridad TRIBUTARIA independiente. La RRFA está ideada para evadir las... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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La carga fiscal de prestaciones para el servicio de bomberos (conocida en inglés como Fire Benefit Charge o FBC) perjudica a los ancianos y la disponibilidad de viviendas asequibles. Su hogar y garaje de pasatiempo son gravados con la misma tasa de FBC que una flamante casa nueva. Los registros... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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Dear Renton homeowners, Fire District 40 declined to be a party to this Renton Regional Fire Authority Fire Benefit Charge scheme. The most obvious reasons: 1) Money. FD40 has complete control over their own taxpayers. They have complete control of their own taxing district. They have complete control of their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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The Fire Benefit Charge (FBC) hurts Seniors and Affordable Housing. Your home, hobby garage, or barn is charged the same FBC rate as a brand new home. Over the last 6 years, Kent Regional Fire [TAXING] Authority (RFA) or Ghost Government, as explained by John Oliver , has cost Kent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
I helped to kill this shameful bit of sneaky fire industry-backed House Bill 1605 legislation last year; it's come back to life for the 2016 legislative session, this time with an unfair FBC exemption amendment H-3630 for specific tax exempt properties. During the public hearing in the House Committee on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Update: Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority Long time Kent resident, Mr. Monte Fugate writes, "I am a 78-year-old lifetime Kent resident being taxed out of my home. Firemen came knocking on my door, assuring me that if the RFA were approved, costs would go down." Read more of what Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
UPDATE: February, 2016. Kent RFA shot down, there will be NO Kent RFA in Tukwila! Please see our YouTube video NO Kent RFA in Tukwila - Keep Tukwila money in Tukwila! Look, listen, and learn. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
The "tax payer's dream" has been off course since Covington councilman Wayne Snoey was duped by the fire industry into writing his misguided pro-FBC Scheme spiel for the Kent Regional Fire [Taxing] Authority back in early 2010. I've been wondering over the last five years just when the Kent RFA... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
You may have read in the Renton Reporter Dec. 11th, 2015 , that not all the Renton council was sure if the Renton Regional Fire [Taxing] Authority scheme was a good idea; not sure what the costs would be, and something about Kent business taxes had quadrupled since Kent buffaloed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
Fact: RCW 52.18 allows for every $1 mil of revenue a $1.5mil of FBC can be levied. You lose control of your safe and secure fixed tax rate. Fact: Fire commissioners, who are compensated by the district they work for, determine how big to make your annual FBC bill. Fact:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at NO Fire Benefit Charge Scheme
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