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Assessment questions

As a recipient of the flier sent to residences of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire Protection District outlining its request for a “yes” vote on an increased assessment, there are questions. The 2003 consolidation of NCCFPD and 49er FPD was to be a cost-savings measure. They are asking for a 51 percent assessment increase in the former 49er FPD, with a 3 percent increase annually, in perpetuity.

NCCFPD has 13 stations, two currently “for sale,” possibly a third, with hopes of building a new station. The flier states an assessment sunset in 2006-07. However, only in a small portion of NCCFPD.

It states the high costs of comp and health insurance; these are based on high payroll figures. Did the figures used for the “six years ago” comparison include those of 49er FPD, or just NCCFPD? Will the assessment actually result in 24-hour staffing in the areas “of concern”?



I commend the board for saving money on a ballot measure to achieve its goal by using the mail ballot method of one vote per parcel. However, in doing so, approximately 50 percent of the registered voters do not get to express themselves on their future.

Ask questions. Get answers. Your call.




Sheila Baker

Former 49er Board Member

Nevada City


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