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Firefighters Say Measure V Is Misleading

Measure V on the November ballot is described by Nevada County as a “Wildfire Prevention, Emergency Services, and Disaster Readiness” measure. But local firefighters say the county is misleading voters by promoting it as a “fire tax”. The president of the Local 3800 Union, Clayton Thomas, says many will think some of the funding from the sales tax increase will also go toward fire suppression efforts for local departments. But he says departments won’t get any of the new revenue. He says the majority of the money will fund vegetation management and fuel breaks….

click to listen to Clayton Thomas

Thomas says the Measure V campaign could also hurt efforts to pass future parcel tax increases for fire departments…

click to listen to Clayton Thomas

Thomas also stressed that firefighters are not necessarily urging a “no” vote and aren’t taking a formal stance on the measure. He says they were intending to stay out of the conversation until they saw signs pop up all over the county stating that a “yes” vote will save homes. They say Measure V won’t, but could certainly harm their ability to do so.

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September 30, 2022

BeeBop

Ah yes, of course, good ole "vegetation management" despite that hundreds of thousands of homes have still burned down that did "vegetation management" or people even logged out all their own trees (and now sit in the hot sun). I think we all know about the home that had over 200 feet of clearance, all sides, River Fire, that still burned down. Thousands of examples like this. A lot of it done with money like this fiasco will be. Publics money. The houses set one another on fire. The homes are made of the same stuff as the "vegetation". It's called wood. This isn't about fire safety folks.This is about the bottomless bit of what many of us feel at this point, is a scam. Why doesn't any one in this state help us do things to protect our actual homes? Cause it doesn't make these "vegetation" and logging folks any money and this is all it seems to be about.

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