Misconceptions of E | TheUnion.com

Misconceptions of E

Measure E is on the ballot for the voters in the Penn Valley Fire Protection District as part of the Nov. 5 election. This measure seeks voter approval to increase the district’s appropriation limit to the amount which is currently being collected as parcel taxes for the fire and ambulance services now being provided by the district. Passage of this ballot measure will not increase the taxes on any parcel. It will only allow the district to use the existing taxes.

Why is this voter approval necessary since these parcel taxes were approved originally by more than a two-thirds majority of district voters? A statewide ballot initiative was passed in 1981 that requires the district to seek voter approval every four years to spend these taxes, or go to a much lower spending limit. Thus, a measure similar to Measure E was on the ballot four years ago in 1998, and 78 percent approved.

What will happen if this ballot Measure E fails? The district will have to go to a much lower spending level. The fire and ambulance services will have to be cut back severely, since the money from the current taxes is vital to maintaining the service that we now have. Please vote “yes” on Measure E.

Ed DeLaney


Penn Valley Fire Protection District

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