Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fire deficits possible resolution

To rectify County Fire budget, supervisors eye parcel tax in unincorporated communities
By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at 5:18 PM
VV News (Victor Valley)

County Fire and the Supervisors have been busy, and quite tight-lipped, about this possible solution to deficits.

"County Supervisors voted 3-2 last week to initiate proceedings to expand the boundaries of the FP-5 Service Zone, with notices set to be delivered to affected parties in August, the same month the first of two public hearings will occur."

Resolution #2018
Board Copy of Fire Budget
From the Agenda of the June 12, 2018 Board of Supervisors Meeting

"Inclusion in the service zone means a $157.26 yearly parcel tax for property owners, which can rise up to 3 percent annually."

Other fire protection districts, like FP-4 in Wonder Valley, would be dissolved along with their assessments. There is no guarantee that County Fire would return to Wonder Valley.

"For those who already pay a parcel tax, the expansion won’t act as an additional cost, but as a replacement, according to County Fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez."

In the meantime we should research both County and State property tax deferments for seniors who will not be able to pay the additional tax.

CA Property Tax Postponement
SBC Tax Collector -- Frequently Asked Questions