Supervisors approve fire tax ballot measure

The San Diego County Board of supervisors on Aug. 6, unanimously approved placing a new parcel tax measure on the Nov. 4 ballot that seeks to fund a regional fire agency to enhance firefighting resources and services.

The ballot measure would form the San Diego Regional Fire Protection Agency, which would be governed by a 10-member board along with levying a countywide tax of $52 per parcel. It is believed the tax will generate about $50 million a year to fight fires. The new fire agency would get 50 percent of the tax to use for regional firefighting efforts with a cap on administrative costs of 10 percent. The other 50 percent would be returned to local fire agencies.

The agency board of directors would be comprised of the mayor of the city of San Diego, a county supervisor who represents the backcountry, four city members representing North Inland, North Coastal, East and South County and four fire protection district representatives. Also on the board would be five non-voting members from CalFire, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the U. S. Navy, the Marine Corp. and Indian reservation fire departments.
It is estimated the county will spend about $19 million on fire protection this fiscal year without the parcel tax.

The ballot measure requires a two-thirds majority of votes for passage.

Related posts:

  1. Supervisors hearing to discuss fire agency, parcel tax
  2. Clean water fees to be finalized after mail ballot
  3. Garden Del Mar now set for ballot inclusion
  4. Strides made in fire safety
  5. Garden Del Mar project on life-support

Short URL:

Posted by on Aug 6, 2008. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6





  • Free Tennis and PickleBall offered at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club during Rancho Days
    Rancho Days is now Rancho Tennis Days at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. During the 10 days of Rancho Days (Oct. 3-12) the RSF Tennis Club is offering all Covenant-area residents free tennis. This includes many free clinics for all levels, free court time (just sign up at the front desk or call 858-756-4459) and free entry to the end of week mixed tennis to […]
  • Rancho Santa Big Band Orchestra to swing at Village Church
    Big band music blows into the Ranch from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Village Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias. The Rancho Santa Fe Big Band Swing Orchestra, a 17-piece outfit led by professor and former president of the San Diego Musicians’ Association Jack Wheaton, featuring producer and trumpeter Dominick Addario, vocalist and events coordinator Marie […]
  • Auditions to be held at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe for ‘Rented Christmas’ musical
    The Village Church Community Theater recently announced auditions for “Rented Christmas, the Musical,” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 and Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Village Community Church, 6225 Paseo Delicias in Rancho Santa Fe. […]