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Special districts and fees

John Howard

Special districts are usually formed to support nonmandated services. Public libraries, fire districts, parks and recreational districts and education are all after a portion of the counties taxing base. When the county ducks these services, these entities go to the public for a special tax assessment.

Questions to be asked:

Why isn’t the county responsible for providing these services without special assessments since our tax base has gone up by about $25,000,000 over the past five years? Verify this with the county!

Why would the county purchase new land for recreation or parks if they can’t maintain or develop it without going to the taxpayer with a special assessment?

Is this just big government as usual? How much of $169,000 estimated funding provided to the Bear River Recreation and Park District 2004-05 assessment if passed would be used to increase salaries and add personnel?

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Fifty-eight counties and 474 cities in California account for 3,800 special districts. The ballot that I received and information suggests that the individual assessment could be increased each year by 3 percent with no revote.

When is enough, enough?

John Howard

Nevada County

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