No blank check |

No blank check

In 1996, the homeowners in the Consolidated Fire Protection District voted to pay $30 a year for 10 years. Now the district wants the owners to vote to pay $89 a year. No sunset date, with the potential of a annual 3 percent increase by the vote of the fire board members.

The current assessment generates $345,000 a year. The new assessment will generate $1.3 million a year – three times the current fee and that would increase their budget by 33 percent.

The district did a nice job of pointing out their increasing cost of operations. They did not mention a rise in the county assessment value, which would increase their budget. For every building permit the fire department receives a fee, and when the building is completed, an increase in fire assessment fees.

I may agree that some assessment may be needed. I will never vote for a assessment without a sunset clause, or one with no control by the voters for an increase. The district is asking us to give them a blank check! No amount, no date, just our signature.

Vernon Whitney

Grass Valley

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