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County Fire Fee is Moving Forward

The special finance committee to the Nevada County consolidated Fire Protection District will ask for the full boards support for a fee increase in the yearly assessment by $52 dollars per residential parcel. A shortfall in Consolidated’s budget is Due to reduced funding from property taxes and increased costs, District Fire Chief Tim Fike suggested lesser fees for mobile homes and empty lots.

“That recommendation at this point is $52 annually on a single family dwelling, $39 for a second dwelling and mobile homes and $26 for unimproved and four cents a square foot for commercial industrial office space. And that sum would help keep the district viable for the foreseeable future.”

The proposed assessment would raise around $870 thousand dollars, and will only maintain current staffing levels to cover budget shortfalls from loss of property taxes due to the poor economy of over $500 thousand dollars and the increase in workers compensations fees of over $145 thousand dollars.

“We had seven injuries to firefighters over the last three or four years and it changed our rate significantly and so we’re paying for it. We’ve had a pretty good record for a long, long time. But we just had the circumstances of a couple of them falling through the roof during a fire fight. His partner was injured pulling him from the hole.”

The full board is expected to approve the special ballot assessment at their Thursday November 17th meeting. The ballots will go out in February to be counted in March. If the assessment does not pass, severe cuts to staffing of local fire departments will take place. The board meets at the Fire district office at 11329 McCourtney Road.

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