Letter to the Editor

Vote no on assessment

Grover BeachMarch 24, 2014 

The fire departments of Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and Oceano were combined a few years ago in a “cost savings” measure. Less than 10 years ago, the budget for the Grover Beach Fire Department was less than $600,000. Today the figure is more than $1.2 million. More than a 100 percent increase.

They are now asking for a vote to put an assessment on properties with a guaranteed increase every year. Prop. 218 criteria states an assessment may not be levied on properties to pay for general benefit. A large majority of the fire department calls are public related and not property related.

If the city needs to raise funds, it should be done through a vote by all the people in the form of a general tax increase such as through a sales tax.

Another source of income could come from a fee charged for repeat offenders of non-emergency calls as is being done in some cities for false alarm calls from homes or businesses after their second false alarm.

I strongly urge a “no” vote on this open ballot.

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