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Measure G: More funding for Orland Rural Fire Department in form of property tax

Firefighters in one Northern California city say they need more funding due to a lack of revenue.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 10:24 AM

ORLAND, Calif. - Firefighters in one Northern California city say they need more funding due to a lack of revenue.

It's a property tax that would help to boost revenue for the Orland Rural Fire Department.

Currently, Orland homeowners pay $20 per house and five cents for every acre they own.

Measure G would alter that assessment and homeowners would pay $45 a parcel. That's a $24 increase for homeowners with one parcel.

"Obviously there are people in the county that own more than one parcel so they did put a cap on it. For the landowners that own a lot of parcels. There's a 10 parcel cap, you can't pay anymore than 10 parcels," said Justin Chaney, the Orland Fire Chief.

Chaney blames high inflation costs for the need for more revenue. 

"Average inflation has been about 113 percent in 30 years. Fire trucks themselves are more in the 400 percent range. That's one of the problems we're running into is just being able to put money aside to continue to buying new equipment to protect the community," Chaney added.

Under the current assessment, firefighters receive $51,000 in revenue.

Measure G would boost it to nearly $120,000. Chaney tells Action News Now that money would be used for buying more trucks, gear, and p-p-e.

Chaney is the only paid firefighter within the department while the 45 other volunteer firefighters get zero.

Measure G dollars would go to the rural district of the fire department, not the city.

In order for this measure to pass, there needs to be a two-thirds majority.

Separate from Measure G - a half-cent sales tax did pass in Orland three years ago but that money went strictly to the city fire department not the rural.

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