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San Diego Leaders Consider New Parcel Tax

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and County Supervisor Ron Roberts are pushing for a parcel tax to pay for more fire protection in the region. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders and Supervisor Ron Roberts are pushing for a parcel tax to pay for more fire protection in the County.  KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The tax would charge every property owner in the County 52 dollars a year, and raise 50 million dollars annually for fire trucks, air tankers and training.

Mayor Jerry Sanders supports it.

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Sanders : "I think it’s time to move forward. I think if you start at 50 million and it’s a dollar a week, people can relate to a dollar a week.  I think it’s just a good start"

But Supervisor Dianne Jacob says it’s too soon to put the parcel tax on the ballot. She points out the money wont even cover basic needs identified by the Fire Protection Committee.  

 
San Diego Fire District Chiefs say they won’t support the tax because they’re not represented on the Joint Powers Authority that decides how it’s spent.

 
Supervisors must vote soon to get the tax on this year’s ballot. Otherwise a special election would cost 6 million -  or it’ll have to wait till 2010.


Alison St John, KPBS news.