NCCFD chicanery |

NCCFD chicanery

One word describes the Consolidated Fire District Assessment Ballot: chicanery.

It is unacceptable to receive a ballot for public services that are not a part of the county election/ballot process.

What happened to “secret” ballots? Names are printed on these ballots.

Ballots arrive with a fire department address as the return address. This is very intimidating, as many do not wish to be known as one to vote against police or fire departments. I am normally supportive of police and fire departments. I have served as a volunteer fireman.

This is an end run around the normal process. This assessment would normally require a two-thirds majority to pass. In this “end-run procedure,” only 50 percent plus 1 vote is needed.

The district says that the new tax replaces the old but fails to tell the whole truth – the proposed new tax is about three times greater than the old one and provides for annual increases.

I strongly oppose this assessment because it smells bad. Privacy of the “secret ballot” is important.

This letter was shown to friends for comment. All agreed with the content and all asked if I was not afraid to speak up for fear of reprisal.

William G. Frisbie

Nevada City

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