How is the recovery fee determined?

The recovery fee is not a fine.  It is specifically calculated to recover the cost of police response plus a small amount of administrative cost.  Periodic analysis of police dispatch data is used to determine the average amount of time for false alarm response.  The time is multiplied by the cost that Spokane Valley pays Spokane County for police service. 

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1. Why does Spokane Valley charge a fee for false alarm response? Don’t my taxes cover this?
2. How is the recovery fee determined?
3. Can I opt out of the program?
4. Can I appeal an assessed recovery fee?
5. Is the False Alarm Reduction Program operated locally?
6. What payment options are available?
7. Where does the money go?
8. Where do I find more information?