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Nevada County Consolidated Budget Meeting

Nevada County Consolidated Fire District is working at a deficit and that gap between cost and property tax income is forecast as much as $500 thousand dollars. The board of directors for the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District has scheduled a special meeting this week to consider a special benefit assessment to provide funding in order to maintain its current level of service. Nevada county Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike explains they have cut all they can and firefighters have made every concession asked of them but the property tax dollars that fund them continues to fall in this economy.

“The next step, literally, is layoffs and closures of fire stations, plain and simple.”

The budget for FY2011-12, will also be reviewed and already assumes a $50 thousand dollar budget shortfall to begin. One potential positive is approving a memorandum of understanding for an access easement for the proposed California Highway Patrol facility. Fike says the agreement could net them a new drive way. The CHP will share the drive way with Consolidated Fire. The meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday at Station 84, 10135 Coyote St., Nevada City. For more information, call (530) 273-3158.

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