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Assessment burden

Re the proposed assessment of Nevada County Consolidate Fire District:

I received a mailer from the NCC Fire District concerning a proposed assessment to be mailed to residents for vote on Sept. 3. I have great respect for firefighters, and their reasons are numerous for this assessment, but why always place the burden on the property owners? There has to be a better way. Why not a countywide sales tax for fire departments so all will shoulder the burden including the tourists?

I ran the numbers on my assessment and it will increase almost 2 1/2 times. This assessment has no sunset clause, meaning it goes on forever. It also has the ability for an annual 3 percent increase. Prop. 13 only allows a 1 percent increase. It looks very similar to an attempted assessment a few years back that was voted down.

Those residents who rent or lease in the area, expect increases from your landlords if this assessment is approved.

Jeff Heilmann

Nevada City

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