What will I pay if annexation is approved?

If annexation were in effect today, the owner of a 2,000-square-foot home with an assessed value of $616,743, considered average in Mountlake Terrace, would pay South County Fire approximately $746 annually for 24-hour fire/EMS. With the City’s property tax reduction and elimination of the City EMS levy, the net increase would be $395 annually (about $33 a month).

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1. What’s the issue for Mountlake Terrace property owners?
2. How do we currently receive emergency services?
3. What has the city done in response?
4. What does annexation to South County Fire mean?
5. Why did the City pick South County Fire?
6. What happens to the Mountlake Terrace fire station?
7. How will this impact service when I call 911?
8. Will firefighters lose their jobs?
9. Where is South County Fire located?
10. When is the election?
11. What happens if annexation is not approved?
12. What does the City currently pay for fire/EMS?
13. How will the City help reduce impacts to property owners?
14. What will I pay if annexation is approved?
15. How does SCF fund emergency services?
16. What is a fire benefit charge?
17. Why have other communities supported a fire benefit charge?
18. What communities/fire service providers in our area have a fire benefit charge?