Monitored Fire Alarm System
With a “Certificate of Service” from a licensed alarm monitoring company, owners of professionally installed fire alarm systems receive 7.5% off the normal benefit charge
To qualify for the alarm discount, please submit proof of service from your alarm company stating that your alarm coverage includes 24 hour monitoring of a fire alarm.
- Any letter, certificate or other form of proof of service provided by your alarm company must include a current date within the past 30 days and the location that the service is being provided to.
- Old alarm permits, billing statements and even photographs do not provide proof that the alarm is currently working and being monitored and cannot be accepted as proof of service.
What is a Monitored Fire Alarm System?
A monitored fire alarm system utilizes a smoke detector that it is monitored through your existing burglar alarm system. In the event of a fire, or the presence of smoke, an activation signal is sent immediately to your Central Station.
Automatic Fire Sprinkler
Receive a 10% reduction in the benefit charge if you have installed an automatic fire sprinkler system.
To qualify for the sprinkler discount, please submit at least one of the following as proof of coverage:
- A current proof of service (within the past 30 days) from your alarm company that clearly shows that automatic fire sprinklers are being monitored at the address of the building you are requesting adjustment for.
- A copy of your fire sprinkler backflow prevention test that has been performed by a qualified sprinkler contractor or your water company within the last year stating that the test is for a fire sprinkler system at the address of the building you are requesting adjustment for.
- A copy of your sprinkler confidence test report performed by a qualified contractor within the past year at the address of the building you are requesting adjustment for.
- A copy of your fire sprinkler installation permit clearly showing that the installation has had its final inspection and is installed at the address of the building you are requesting adjustment for.
Low Income Senior/Disabled Person Exemptions
Low income seniors or disabled persons that qualify for property tax discounts under RCW 84.36.381 through 84.36.389 will receive the same discount on the benefit charge. Seniors and disabled exemptions are administered through the King County Assessor’s Office. Only King County can grant a senior or disabled person discount. To see if you qualify, contact King County’s Exemption Unit at 206-296-3920 or visit their website at http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/assessor/Common-Questions/Seniorss.aspx.
Two types of senior tax relief are offered for people 60 and older and must be obtained through King County.
If you are a senior citizen or disabled, you may qualify for a property tax reduction/exemption if you:
- have a total annual income of $40,000 or less and own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op as principle residence as of December 31 of the year prior to the year of application
- are 61 years of age or older or;
- are retired because of physical disability, or
- are a widow or widower at least 57 years of age, whose spouse had an exemption at the time of death.
If you are a senior citizen or disabled, you qualify for a deferral if you:
- have a combined disposable income of $45,000 or less
- own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo or co-op as principle residence as of December 31 of the year prior to the year of application
- are at least 60 years old when you file, or
- are retired because of a disability
You can reach King County to discuss a senior citizen or disabled discount at 206-296-3920 or go to http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/assessor/Common-Questions/Seniorss.aspx
A discount for auxiliary structures, such as barns and/or storage sheds, used in conjunction to dairy, farming, and other agricultural operations. For the purpose of the benefit charge, properties used for marijuana growth, production, or processing are not considered agriculture use.
Exemptions to the Benefit Charge
- Religious Use – Personal property or improvements to real property owned or used by recognized religious denomination or religious organization, including sanctuary, schools and educational facilities per RCW.52.26.180(1).
- Property Not Assessed – Personal property not assessed and subject to ad valorem taxation under RCW title 84.
- Public Schools – Public schools who pay a per student stipend are exempt from the benefit charge.
- Entities with Contract for Service – Entities who contract for service with the RFA are exempt from the benefit charge.
Non-profits, governmental entities and school districts are not automatically exempt from the benefit charge.
ISO Ratings and the Fire Service
The Insurance Service Office (ISO) is a third party independent agency that provides statistical information on risk and evaluates fire department, water department and communications systems. It rates the results on a national scale from one to ten (one being the best and highest). According to ISO, its Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process with insurance companies. Most U.S. insurers report that the PPC information is used in their decision-making process when deciding what business to cover, what coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance. With a Class 3 rating (the rating the RFA community holds), many insurance providers give a discount on annual insurance premiums for residences and businesses.