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Right idea, wrong way

I am in favor of increasing our fire protection, but not this way. The proposed assessment goes on forever, with no oversight of the district by anyone or any jurisdiction. The burden is not fairly distributed.

Why must the owner of a $140,000 home pay the same $89 as an owner of a $500,000 home? Unimproved parcels pay only $26.70, when they are more of a hazard than the homes next to them. We all pay taxes on the value of our property as assessed. The district should use assessed values at a rate that arrives at the $1.3 million needed so everyone pays their fair share, depending on the property value – same as my home fire insurance.

Parcels should be charged according to size and get a 50 percent or 75 percent cut if brushed and weeded to the district’s requirements. A small fee for district verification is OK; they cruise the areas anyway. The numbers need to be worked out to distribute the burden fairly.

Our home fire insurance is based on property values; so should our assessments. We need an assessment, but this one is off base. My vote is no, until it is done right.

D. Anderson

Grass Valley

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