Measure H tax forum heading to Meyers
Voters served by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District will have to decide this November whether they want to implement a special parcel tax to help fund certain wildfire prevention programs, along with other needs in the district.
Measure H, as the tax will be called on the Nov. 4 elections ballot, would levy a flat-rate annual tax that would not be allowed to exceed $120 per parcel each year for the 2015-16 tax year.
The maximum rate would rise in each of the following fiscal years in proportion to the Consumer Price Index. However, it could not exceed 3 percent in any given year.
If passed, the money collected from taxpayers would be used to help fund wildfire prevention and suppression programs, the Angora Peak Fire Crew, and the repair and replacement of facilities and equipment.
Fire prevention and wildfire programs in the district consist of adding staffing on high fire hazard days, providing free curbside chipping services for district residents and property owners and issuing tree removal permits as part of the fire-adapted community development program, among other things.
One program also includes staffing the Angora Peak Fire and Fuels Crew, which focuses on fire hazard reduction, fire break projects around the community, defensible space projects and wildfire suppression.
According to LVFPD, the passing of Measure H and its attached inflation adjustment would help the district to maintain its programs in the future. Budgetary constraints, and the loss of federal and state grant money, have made it challenging for the district to continue to afford ongoing fire prevention and wildfire programs.
The measure would replace an existing annual special tax of $40 per commercial property, $20 per residential property and $10 per vacant lot. And funds from the measure would only be used to provide service within the boundaries of LVFPD.
Meyers serves as the heart of LVFPD, which covers the California side of Lake Tahoe’s South Shore outside of South Lake Tahoe city limits, east to the state line, north to Emerald Bay, south to Picket’s Junction in Alpine County and west to Twin Bridges.
Measure H funds would be controlled locally.
To help better inform the public on the measure, LVFPD will hold an educational forum on it on Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The forum will be held in the training classroom behind Fire Station 7 at 2211 Keetak St. in Meyers.
More information on Measure H or the Oct. 8 forum can be found at http://www.lakevalleyfire.org/measure-h.