BENEFIT CHARGE

On April 26, 2016, Renton and Fire District 25 voters approved Proposition 1, creating a Renton Regional Fire Authority (RFA) and the associated funding for the RFA.  The RFA became effective on July 1, 2016.

Renton Regional Fire Authority mailed tax and benefit charge notices to property owners in our response area.  This notice is not a bill.  Rather, it is information to taxpayers to help fulfill our promise of open and fair governance.  We feel it is important for you to know your share of costs to maintain around-the-clock fire and emergency medical protection at your home or business property.  The annual fire benefit charge is billed and collected through King County with your property taxes.

What is an RFA?

What is a Regional Fire Authority and why was it created? Why are response times so critical?  Learn the answers to these questions plus more…

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a benefit charge and how is it calculated? Incorrect Square Footage? Discounts and exemptions? View the most frequently asked questions regarding the RFA’s funding method and appeals process.  Read more…

Overview of the Two-Part Funding System

Learn about the new funding system for the RFA and find out how it affects your taxes.  Read More…

Square Footage Guide

The benefit charge is calculated on the total gross square footage (outside measurements) of all structures on a land parcel and includes each level of each building and all basements, garages, and mezzanines.  Find out how to calculate your total gross square footage.

Discounts and Exemptions

Information on discounts, exemptions, and reduced benefit charges for monitored fire alarm systems, automatic fire sprinkler systems, low income senior and disabled person exemptions.  Read More…

Appeals Process

Learn the process to appealing the calculation of the benefit charge.  Read More…


Watch the video to see why Renton Fire & Emergency Services became Renton Regional Fire Authority.