SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – In Shasta County, Measure B only affects voters in the “Burney Fire Protection District.”
The district covers the unincorporated towns of Burney and Johnson Park in eastern Shasta County, about 6,000 people.
The district needs money for what it calls “critical operational funding” for health and safety.
The aim is to raise about $103.3 thousand a year. But that would require district voters to approve a “special tax” – Measure B.
For unimproved properties, it would mean an extra $29 per year. For one and two-family homes, $46 per year.
It’s a permanent tax unless repealed by voters.
Proponents of Measure B said this funding is critical for rapid response for emergency medical and fire calls.
The district provides the only ambulance service in the area. Otherwise, an ambulance would have to come from Fall River Mills, which is about 20 miles away.
The money would fund maintenance and upgrades for building, fire engines, and ambulances.
The Burney Fire Station itself is desperately in need of repairs, including a complete roof replacement.
The bottom line says proponents of Measure B provide operational costs for the Burney Fire Protection District have increased dramatically in recent years, while revenue has not.
- Voting yes on Measure B: Means voters within the Burney Fire Protection District agree to pay the special tax.
- Voting No on Measure B: Rejects the special tax.
It requires a two-thirds majority to pass.
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