Assessment reasons |

Assessment reasons

Following are some reasons to support the fire suppression benefit assessment which you may not have considered.

1. Additional revenue beyond property taxes is an absolute necessity for three main reasons: the low property tax revenue which is based on 1978 budgets set by Proposition 13 in an era of all-volunteer firefighters and half the present population, continually increasing costs of providing service, and state tax shifts.

2. The district requires stable and assured revenue for future planning and equipment replacement, just like any business.

3. Some people question why there is a provision for the possibility of increasing the assessment to cover rising costs of providing services. Unlike businesses that can raise prices to cover cost increases, the district cannot. Without this provision, over time the “real” revenue would decrease. Increasing the assessment is set up to be difficult, requiring approval by five of the seven directors. Directors are also taxpayers and your neighbors.

4. NCCFD, as a Special District, is different from cities, counties, and the state in that all revenues go to your fire service providing for timely fire and medical responses.

Dorothy Hitchcock

Nevada City

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