Council candidate outlines Grass Valley tax measure preferences |

Council candidate outlines Grass Valley tax measure preferences

Submitted to The Union
From Jim Firth’s campaign

Grass Valley City Council Candidate Jim Firth has announced his priorities for spending if voters approve Measure N on the Nov. 6 ballot and he is elected.

Measure N is a half-percent sales tax initiative that applies to the city of Grass Valley. As a general fund tax, Measure N requires a majority of Grass Valley voters to be approved.

“I support Measure N. However, it is a general tax that goes to the city’s general fund rather than to specific projects,” Firth said in a release. “It is vital that the taxpayers elect council members who will keep their promises to direct staff to fund needed projects and services.”

If adopted the sales tax on purchases in Grass Valley will increase from 7.375 percent to 7.875 percent — the same rate in effect in Truckee and Nevada City — and will apply to all who shop in Grass Valley, both residents and visitors.

“I am committed to directing those new tax funds first to public safety,” said Firth. “The City has suffered a dangerous reduction in police services. Of particular concern is the loss of our drug enforcement officer.”

Firth further identified funding for fire protection and street and sidewalk repairs that represent dangers to citizens and visitors.

“Under no circumstances”, Firth said, “would I support other expenditures that don’t directly increase public safety and services”.

Measure N funds are overseen by the city council and include an oversight committee to advise the council. Firth supports the oversight committee concept as well as a schedule of periodic reviews before the Council.

“If voters approve Measure N they should know that council members will spend the funds on projects needed for public safety,” Firth said.

Firth has over 30 years experience negotiating and administrating contracts in the private and public sectors. His volunteer work includes leading his community organization and serving on the Board of Directors of the urban environmental organization “San Francisco Tomorrow”. He has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Labor Studies from City College of San Francisco.

For more information contact Jim Firth at or visit his web site at

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