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No Cuts Despite Another Ballot Defeat For Higgins

The Higgins Fire District’s fourth failure in ten years to get an assessment increase passed will not mean further cuts or station closures. Chief Jerry Good says their third station, on Dog Bar Road, which was closed in 2017, after a previous measure failed, will remain unstaffed…

click to listen to Chief Good

Good says optimum response times are less than ten minutes and current response times, depending on the type of incident, could be over 15 minutes. Measure I would have raised the current assessment of 25 dollars a year, which has been in place since 1980, to 240 dollars. It had 58-percent support, but needed two-thirds approval. The Penn Valley Fire District is proposing a similar increase, but only by mail to parcel owners, which means only majority approval is needed…

click to listen to Chief Good

Meanwhile, the Higgins Corner Station will be replaced and moved to a larger parcel, about a mile from the current location. But Good says it’s state-funded and will be operated jointly with Cal Fire.

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