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San Diego Leaders Consider New Tax for Fire Protection

Officials from around San Diego County are expected to decide this afternoon whether to recommend a new “parcel tax” be put on the November ballot, to pay for more fire protection. KPBS reporter Al

San Diego Leaders Consider New Tax for Fire Protection

Officials from around San Diego County are expected to decide this afternoon whether to place a new “parcel tax” on the November ballot, to pay for more fire protection. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

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San Diego County spends a fraction of what Orange County and Los Angeles spend on fire fighting resources. After last October’s wild fires, U.S.Senator Dianne Feinstein warned San Diego County officials they better do something to avoid catastrophe next time the Santa Ana winds blow.

County Supervisor Ron Roberts has led the charge to find ways to raise more money for fire protection. The result is something San Diego County Supervisors haven’t done in a very long time…propose a new tax.  

The preferred option the County has come up with is an annual “parcel tax” of about 50 dollars for every piece of property in San Diego. The money would be shared equally between local fire protection districts and a joint powers Regional Fire Authority.

The question under consideration today is whether to try to put the measure on the ballot this November, wait till next year, or hold a special election, which would cost 6 million dollars. Alison St John, KPBS news.