PARADISE, Calif.- Town officials in Paradise say they are getting help from the state to help make up for lost for property taxes for three years.
Before the Camp Fire, the majority of the town’s funding came from property taxes.
After the fire destroyed so many homes, that property tax revenue decreased.
However, the state stepped up to help. Colette Curtis, the assistant to the Town Manager says, "Our population has reduced and the revenue sources to provide services have also been reduced, so we are grateful the state of California has given the town of Paradise three years of back-fill which means whatever we would have received in property taxes, they are filling that for us."
The town also still receives sales tax revenue from businesses. They are also getting help from FEMA and other grant sources.
Rich Colgin, just moved back to the Paradise after losing his home in the Camp Fire. His shop, "Paradise Bikes” is still standing.
He says since the Camp Fire, business has gone down and he has opened a second shop in Oroville. “They needed a shop and I needed more customers, I think a third of the population went down here, but my bills are all still the same amount.”
Town officals say their goal is to be able to properly fund the town, so they can provide services to those who are back on the ridge.
"The town has always been fiscally conservative and ensuring that we have lived within our means and we continue to do so and we are now reaching out for grants and assistance from the state to ensure that we can make it through this rebuilding period until we can support ourselves with our regular revenues," Curtis said.
The town still receives sales tax revenue from businesses and they have been getting help from fema and other sources—like the North Valley Community Foundation which has helped make rebuilding more affordable. Curtis says they are working with the North Valley Community Foundation to see if they are able to extend that grant.
As of right now the town has received 800 applications for building permits. They have issued 560 permits and 44 families have completed construction and have moved into their new homes.
The town says they still have funding available to help those who working to rebuild.