Letter to the Editor

A fair share

Arroyo GrandeMarch 12, 2014 

The proposed assessment for fire protection and emergency response services raises several questions, not the least of which is why aren’t all people required to pay their fair share? Approximately 86 percent of all calls are for medical emergencies, and not fire related. Why aren’t people who live in mobile homes, renters and visitors in the area required to pay their fair share?

Proposition 218 states that if a project or service would not provide a special benefit to the public, it may not be financed by an assessment. If additional funding is really needed, the best practical method of achieving this is through a general sales tax increase.

The secret ballot is one of the fundamental tenets of this country. Why, then, are we asked to sign our ballot below the area where our choice is marked, making our vote public information?

It is apparent that not much thought was given to this proposal before it was presented to the public.

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