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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Special District

Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District
Measure D Ordinance - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

2,005 votes yes (71.81%)

787 votes no (28.19%)

100% of precincts reporting (29/29).

2,792 ballots counted.

Special Tax
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Shall the Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District, by Ordinance, (1) Repeal the existing special tax of $18.75 per unit, (2) Replacing it with a special tax not to exceed $25.00 per unit, this proposed increase will bring in an estimated $5 5,914.00 annually and shall be used to maintain and improve fire protection, suppression activities, prevention and to acquire and maintain equipment or apparatus and to increase our medical and rescue services?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

 

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District’s (“District”) Board of Directors to seek voter approval to replace the existing special tax of $18.75 per unit with a new total tax of $25.00 per unit assessed against real property within the District each year. The District estimates that this new annual special tax will increase revenues by $55,914 dollars.

 

“Unit” is described in the full text of the measure (“Full Text”).

 

The purpose of the unit tax is to maintain and improve fire protection, suppression activities, and prevention and to acquire and maintain equipment or apparatus, and to increase the District’s medical and rescue services. The revenue raised by the special tax may only be used to further the purposes described in the Full Text. These special tax revenues will be deposited in a separate account to be used only for the purposes described above.

 

The District is required by law to issue an annual report on the amount of funds collected, expenditure of the funds, and the status of any project to be funded as described in the Full Text.

 

This measure was placed on the ballot by the District.

 

This measure must be adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of the voters.

 

A “YES” vote would authorize the levy of the unit tax.

 

A “NO” vote would not authorize the levy of the unit tax.

 

 

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

A yes vote on Measure D will enable the Fort Bragg Fire Department to continue its present level of service to your area. The F.B. Rural Fire Protection District provides responses to structure, wildland and vehicle fires as well as rescues, medical-aid calls and traffic accidents. The District is also responsible for providing fire prevention services for all commercial buildings. The District over-sees development of new and existing public buildings to ensure that they provide state fire safe standards in construction and maintenance. The Rural District was formed in 1960 and in the past 58 years the District has worked hard to support the Volunteer Fire Department, while keeping a watchful eye on the operating budget. The District is requesting an increase from $37.50 to $50.00 per year, for a typical residence on a lot. Even with this increase, the FB Rural Fire District assessment tax is far below most in the County.

The District is hoping that as voters who live in the community they serve, you realize that the service provided by the Fort Bragg Fire Department is well worth $50.00 a year. In today’s age there are few if any that will say that they are getting a great deal through our government, that their taxes are well spent. Everyone involved with the operation of the Fort Bragg Fire Department works extremely hard to prove that sentiment wrong. Approving a budget at the start of the fiscal year and then making sure that the department stays within that budget throughout the year.

Emergency responses continue to rise each year. The FBFD will respond to over 700 calls for their services this year. By voting yes on Measure D, you are assuring that the FBFD will continue to provide the service that has helped so many people over the years.

Fort Bragg Fire

s/Steve Orsi, Fire Chief

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE D WAS SUBMITTED

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FORT BRAGG RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT CHANGING UNIFORM SCHEDULES AND RATES SPECIFIED IN ORDINANCE NO. 20-02 DATED 04/01/2002. The following units of special tax, per year, shall be assessed on all real property (except that of federal, state, or governmental agencies or commercial timberland parcels with use Type Codes: 61,62 63, 64, 65) within the boundaries of said Fort Bragg Rural Fire Protection District for fire protection and prevention services within said boundaries. The following special tax shall be the maximum amount for the units shown below and may not be raised without a two-thirds affirmative vote of the registered voters of said fire district.

EACH UNIT OF SPECIAL TAX SHALL NOT EXCEED $25.00 EACH FISCAL YEAR.

ONE UNIT OF SPECIAL TAX PER ASSESSOR PARCEL SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING LAND USE TYPE CODES:

     00 Vacant Residential; 04 Courts (1 per dwelling unit).

TWO SPECIAL UNITS OF SPECIAL TAX PER ASSESSOR PARCEL SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING LAND USE TYPE CODES:

     01 Single Family Residential; 03 Multiple (2 units per dwelling unit); 05 Mobile Home; 10 Vacant Commercial; 21 Trailer Parks (2 units plus 1 unit per rental space); 29 Shipyard, Dock, Wharf; 30 Vacant Industrial; 81 Waste Land.

THREE UNITS OF SPECIAL TAX PER ASSESSOR PARCEL SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING LAND USE TYPE CODES:

     02 Duplex; 06 Recreational Residence; 11 Retail Store; 12 Retail Store, Office Over; 13 Office, Non-professional; 23 Nurseries; 28 Newspapers and Radio; 71 Church; 72 School; 75 Rest Home; 79 Recreational Non-profit.

FOUR UNITS OF SPECIAL TAX PER ASSESSOR PARCEL SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING LAND USE TYPE CODES:

     15 Service Shops; 22 Professional Buildings; 55 Recreational Residential.

FIVE UNITS OF SPECIAL TAX PER ASSESSOR PARCEL SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING LAND USE TYPE CODES:

     17 Service Stations; 19 Wholesale Outlets.

UNITS OF SPECIAL TAX WILL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING ASSESSOR PARCELS AS STATED:

     14 Restaurants or Bars, 6 units; 16 Hotels/Motels, ½ unit per rental room; 18 Recreational Theaters, Bowling, 7 units; 27 Airports, 4 units; 31 Light Manufacturing, 10 units; 32 Heavy Manufacturing, 10 units; 33 Packing Plant, 10 units; 34 Mineral Extraction, 7 units; 35 Warehousing, 15 units; 36 Junkyards, 10 units; 85 Utilities, 10 units. THE FOLLOWING LAND USES ARE NORMALLY COMPOSED OF MORE THAN ONE ASSESSOR’S PARCEL AND GENERALLY ARE A MINIMUM FIRE HAZARD. THEREFORE, THEY WILL BE TAXED AS FOLLOWS:

ONE UNIT OF SPECIAL TAX PER UNIT OF OWNERSHIP SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING LAND USE TYPE CODES.

     43 Permanent Pasture; 53 Classified Lands; 54 Range; 82 Right of Way; 83 Mineral Rights; 84 Timber Rights.

 

 

 

 
 

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FULL TEXT OF MEASURE D - continued

THE FOLLOWING UNITS OF SPECIAL TAX SHALL APPLY TO THE FOLLOWING UNITS OF OWNERSHIP WHEN IN DESIGNATED SUBDIVISIONS, INDUSTRIAL PARKS OR SHOPPING CENTERS:

     00 Vacant Residential, 1 unit; 10 Vacant Commercial, 2 units; 30 Vacant Industrial, 2 units.

s/Cas Smith

Chairman, Cas Smith

s/Steve Orsi

Secretary, Steve Orsi

 


 

 

 

 

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