Letters to the Editor
I would encourage property owners in Meyers area to review the long list of parcel taxes on your recent property tax assessment. Parcel taxes enable local governments to get around the property tax rate prohibitions of Prop 13. Property owners are unfairly singled out to pay for programs and services that benefit the community at large. The proposed Lake Valley Measure H is yet another disproportionate burden for property owners that I cannot support. Fuel reduction projects conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and local agencies have been ongoing for several years on a scale that has made a difference. Fire protection capabilities have also increased dramatically. Within the last 15 years the Forest Service has upgraded their fire engines and added a Type 1 HotShot crew. Tahoe Basin fire departments have added four fuels management/fire suppression crews and the State staffs two CAL FIRE engines. Although Measure H would replace the existing!
annual special tax of $20, the new tax will be six times as high. This tax will be in addition to the SRA Fire Benefit Fee (tax) levied by the State in 2011 that was not decided by a vote with no discernible benefits. Lake Valley should maintain their fuels management program with existing funds. I was disappointed that the District didn’t act on a major cost savings opportunity to consolidate with South Lake Tahoe Fire Department. These successful consolidations have occurred in the Basin and elsewhere in El Dorado County.
South Lake Tahoe
Heavenly House Homeless Shelter
A peaceful gathering will be held at a perfect time as our season begins to change, to demonstrate how South Lake Tahoe comes together to support local issues of humanity. You never know when or why you could lose your home, especially with the latest of firestorms! We will have an open mic discussion on our local homeless issues and possible resolutions for immediate needs and a future shelter site. There is strength in numbers. All are welcome, (sorry no pets). Homelessness, not a disease, but an epidemic!
Join us as a community to honor our firefighters, the memory of Angora and so many living in our community without a home, including over 200 children. Gather at the El Dorado Public Library at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe Oct. 18 from noon to 2 p.m. For information call 530-416-1396.
South Lake Tahoe