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Butte County Moves Forward with Parcel Tax for Fire Protection

Firefighting costs are rising in Butte County. To mitigate this, the Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a proposed parcel tax for fire protection.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 6:25 PM

Butte County, Calif. -- Firefighting costs are rising in Butte County. To mitigate this, the Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a proposed parcel tax for fire protection.

The vote was three to two during a meeting on Tuesday to come up with a way to better support the cost of fire protection for residents living in unincorporated areas in Butte County.

The vote asked for Butte County staff to prepare a resolution to establish a CSA, also known as a county service area. This allows for a vote on a partial tax to fund fire services.

Action News Now asked a resident who lives in the unincorporated part of Chico what he thought of the proposed tax. He asked not to be identified.

"Pay more, sure, but how much is the question, that's when you get into the details and you have to decide what's up. I think any reasonable person, especially living out here in the county, we appreciate our fire services," said the resident.

Butte County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Andy Pickett said this tax is being proposed because there is not enough funding for general public safety services.

It will take six months to design the CSA. If the board approves this, it will most likely go to a vote in 2020.

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