Parcel tax to upcoming ballot

San Diego County residents will vote in November on a proposed $52 parcel tax to fund countywide firefighting efforts, the Board of Supervisors decided unanimously on Aug. 6.

If approved by two-thirds of voters, the money would raise an estimated $50 million, with half going to local fire departments and fire protection districts and the other half toward purchasing new equipment.

Passage of the measure would also create a regional fire protection agency made up of San Diego County, the 18 cities in the region and the fire protection districts.

The levy would be placed on most houses, commercial buildings and industrial properties in the county.

“This is the phoenix growing out of the ashes of the (2003 and 2007) fires,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts, who helped lead a commission that came up with the plan. “There’s nobody in San Diego who doesn’t want something done.’”

While some opposition to the measure was expressed at a public hearing last Tuesday, there was none the following day. In fact, a group of county firefighters who spoke out against the plan previously came on board at the meeting and said they would work to get the proposition passed.

Opponents were concerned that the measure has few specifics on how the money will be spent and that voters already facing higher prices for fuel and food will have to decide between a number of tax hikes and bond issues on this fall’s ballot.

“There might be little things (about the plan) people can question,” Roberts said.

Board Chairman Greg Cox said the disastrous wildfires over the past five years displayed “room for improvement” in the region’s firefighting capabilities.

“This is a regional problem and it demands a regional solution,” Cox said.

The new equipment and improved coordination will help make the county better prepared for the next firestorm, Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.

Having newly purchased fire trucks and aerial tankers under the control of the county, so they can respond quickly to emergencies, will also be helpful, the supervisors said.

Related posts:

  1. Supervisors hearing to discuss fire agency, parcel tax
  2. Supervisors approve fire tax ballot measure
  3. TOT hike set for November ballot
  4. Clean water fees to be finalized after mail ballot
  5. Garden Del Mar now set for ballot inclusion

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=5588

Posted by Pat Sherman on Aug 14, 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

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • Rita Szczotka of La Jolla applies her business savvy to charitable causes
    Rita Szczotka graduated from Hoover High School in 1976. She was crowned Miss San Diego, Fairest of the Fair in 1977 and a runner up to the Miss California pageant that same year. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance from National University and San Diego State. After 20-plus years in the financial industry wor […]
  • House of Week; 8720 Cliffridge Aveneu
    A Perfect Blend of Luxury and Harmony 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,321 estimated square feet. State-of-the-art gourmet chef’s kitchen. Open and functional floor plan. High-end remodel. Wenge hardwood flooring. Air conditioning, custom paint, & home lighting automation. An expansive grassy & lush backyard. Spa-like bathrooms. Close proximity to beache […]
  • La Jolla Family Dentistry treats those with special needs and expert knowledge
    Special needs dentistry patients are a focus for Jana Osmolinski, DDS, at La Jolla Family Dentistry. Jana, a trained dental anesthesiologist, and her husband and partner, Eric Osmolinski, DMD, have worked as a dental team in town since opening newly renovated Draper offices in August 2013. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS