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Fire taxes at a glance

Measure E

Penn Valley Fire Protection District

What it asks voters: To allow the district to spend the money it collects the next four years. The most recent tax, a product of Proposition 13, expired June 30.



What the increase buys: The current level of fire and medical services.

Measure F




49er Fire Protection District

What it asks voters: $113 annually for residential lots, up from $59; $25 for unimproved lots, up from $15. Commercial/industrial rates would increase from $59 to $113 for the first 5,000 square feet, with $22 for each additional 1,000 square feet.

What the increase buys: A second full-time firefighter at the Coyote Street main station; year-round, 10-hour-a-day staffing at the Quaker Hill Cross Road station.

Measure G

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District

What it asks voters: $50 annually for residential lots, $15 for unimproved lots. It would replace a 1997 assessment of $30 for residential lots, $15 for unimproved lots. Commercial/industrial rates wouldn’t change.

What the increase buys: 24/7 staffing in Alta Sierra on Tammy Way, seasonal staffing on Banner Mountain and equipment upgrades.

Measure H

Higgins Area Fire Protection District

What it asks voters: $75 annually for residential lots, up from $25. Commercial rates would jump from $30 to $35 per 1,000 square feet, industrial rates from $35 to $40 per 1,000 square feet.

What the increase buys: 24/7 staffing at two stations – on Dog Bar and McCourtney roads – which the Combie Road main station already has.

Measure I

Rough and Ready Fire Protection District

What it asks voters: $85 annually for residential and commercial lots, up from $45; $45 for unimproved lots, up from $15.

What the increase buys: Mandated equipment.

Measure J

Ophir Hill Fire Protection District

What it asks voters: $65 annually for residential and commercial lots, $35 annually for unimproved lots.

What the increase buys: Two full-time firefighters, and current fire and medical services.

Measure K

Nevada City Fire Department

What it asks voters: $36 annually for residential lots, up from $12. Commercial/industrial rates would jump from $50 to $150 for 1 to 5,000 square feet; $75 to $225 for 5,001 to 7,500 square feet; $100 to $300 for 7,501 to 10,000 square feet; $150 to $450 for 10,001 to 20,000 square feet; $200 to $600 for 20,001 to 50,000 square feet; $250 to $750 for 50,001 square feet or greater.

What the increase buys: 24/7 staffing at the Providence Mine Road main station.

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– Doug Mattson


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