Measure H -- A special $120.00 per parcel tax to fund wildfire prevention and suppression programs
Lake Valley Fire Protection District
To fund wildfire suppression and prevention programs, the Angora Peak Fire Crew, and facilities and equipment repair and replacement, and to replace the existing Measure M special tax, shall an annual special tax of $120.00 per parcel (with annual inflation adjustment not to exceed 3%) be levied in the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, with the Board of Directors empowered to reduce the tax rate in any year if the maximum rate is not necessary?
Impartial Analysis from El Dorado County Counsel
This measure, if approved by 2/3 of the voters voting on the measure by mailed ballot election, would authorize a special tax on parcels of real property in the Lake Valley Fire Protection District to be used for the costs of funding wildfire prevention and suppression programs, the Angora Peak Fire Crew, and facilities and equipment repair and replacement, within the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.
This special tax would be in the amount of a maximum of $120 per year per parcel of land located within the boundaries of Lake Valley Fire Protection District in fiscal years 2015/2016 and with automatic increases in each subsequent year up to a maximum amount "in proportion to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), San Francisco Bay area for all urban consumers, most recently available prior to the date of the increase, provided, however, that this increase shall not exceed three percent (3%) in any year." And " if the Board of Directors determines that collection of the then-current maximum rate will not be necessary to fund programs of the District in any fiscal year, the Board of Directors may, by resolution adopted prior to August 10 of that fiscal year levy the tax less than the full maximum rate. Any such reduction shall not affect the maximum rate for purposes of calculating the next year's maximum rate." This special tax would replace an existing benefit assessment of $10 per vacant lot, $20 per residential lot and $40 per commercial lot, located within the Lake Valley Fire Protection District.
The special tax will be listed as a separate item on the county property tax bill for each affected parcel of land, and will be collected in the same way as the general property tax. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes, including the provisions for penalties and the procedures for sale of the property in case of delinquency, shall also apply to the special tax.
State law requires the proceeds from the special tax be applied only to the identified purposes, and that an annual report be made indicating the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded by the proceeds.
This measure requires an affirmative vote of 2/3 or more of all voters voting on the measure in order to pass. The measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado, following a recommendation by the zone advisory committee.
A "YES" vote is a vote to authorize the special tax provided in the measure.
A "NO" vote is a vote against the special tax provided in the measure.