Benefit Charge: Stabilizing Funding for Fire & Medic One
Thank you voters for approving Proposition 1: the Benefit Charge!
Graham Fire & Rescue joins many fire districts in the Puget Sound that use a Benefit Charge to fund critical emergency services. The Benefit Charge brings stable and sustainable funding for the fire and Medic One services provided to our residents.
A Benefit Charge distributes costs among property types based on the fire risk posed by different structure types. Generally, residential and mobile home properties pay less and multi-family and commercial businesses pay more than they do under a funding structure that relies solely on property taxes.
If you would like to know the impact for your specific property, please email BenefitCharge@GrahamFire.org. (Our response email may be routed to your junk/spam folder. Please add us as a “safe sender” in your junk/spam folder settings in order to receive our emails)
Benefit Charge notification letters were sent out to property owners in our Fire District the week of January 11, 2021. This letter is not a bill. It’s purpose is to notify property owners of their individual Benefit Charge amount. This charge will be collected the same way as property taxes, by the Pierce County Auditor.
Graham Fire & Rescue used information provided by the Pierce County Assessor’s online database to calculate individual Benefit Charge amounts. The Benefit Charge utilizes the gross square footage (measuring the outside of the building) for all structures over 400 sq. ft. located on your property. This includes garages, basements (both finished and unfinished), mezzanines, and any other structure that meets the 400 sq. ft. size.
For questions about your specific property, please email BenefitCharge@GrahamFire.org.
Documents & Resources
- Benefit Charge FAQs
- Benefit Charge Petition Process
- July 14, 2020 Benefit Charge Public Hearing Presentation
- July 24, 2020 Voters will decide future funding for Fire Service
- Benefit Charge PowerPoint Presentation
- 5 Fast Facts about the Benefit Charge
- Benefit Charge Presentation (Length: 18 Minutes)
- Benefit Charge Mailer
- Chapter 52.18 RCW: Benefit Charges
- 2021 Benefit Charge Formula Sheet