Spinning off Tumwater’s and Olympia’s fire departments would create a new local government agency with its own taxing authority.
The two city councils are set to meet to consider the newest recommendations of the Olympia Tumwater Fire Authority Planning Committee, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25, at 5 p.m. over Zoom and in person at Olympia City Hall, 601 4th Avenue East, in Olympia.
Here is the link to attend the meeting.
Along with taxes, the new regional fire authority (RFA), if approved by 60 percent of eligible voters, would likely also add a fire benefit charge (FBC), a fee designed to support the growing costs of delivering fire and emergency medical services.
In terms of revenues to operate fire departments, the summary is:
Citizen Toolbox, created by Olympia resident Larry Dzieza, includes three calculators, available below, that you can use to estimate what your additional costs would be for your house, apartment building or commercial property.
The square feet you think you have are not necessarily the same as what the RFA would bill you for in its FBC.
The square footage measurements proposed to be used by the proposed RFA include not only the living area of residences but also garages, outbuildings with foundations, finished attics and basements.
Dzieza created a database of the parcels in Olympia and Tumwater that are in the area of the proposed regional fire authority. The database, organized by address number, is attached to this story as a .PDF file.
Here are the calculators:
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