The board packet for the November 25, 2014, meeting of the NSJFPD Board of Directors is now available for download at the left of this page.
Measure Q Funding Clarification
Recently we’ve become aware of some concern in the community that now that Measure Q has passed, the tax amount requested will automatically be increased every year.
This isn’t true, and has never been how our Fire District functions.
It is clearly stated in item #6 of the resolution that is the basis for Measure Q that: The Board of Directors may annually, by resolution passed by a simple majority of the Board, adjust the rate by an amount based upon changes in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 3% whichever is less.
Any proposed cost of living adjustment in future years must be publicly noticed and placed on the agenda of the North San Juan Fire Protection District Board of Director’s regular meeting specifically to provide the opportunity for public input and discussion before a decision is made.
In 1986 when the existing special parcel tax was approved, no inflation adjustment was included. As the cost of everything increased, our revenue stayed the same. After 28 years we found it necessary to ask for additional funding so we can continue to provide emergency services to our community.
So why not just ask the people again for more money in the future and not write in an inflation adjustment?
Simply put, it is not a good use of the taxpayer’s money. Every time you gear up to go to election, it costs money. We believe that money is better spent on our firefighters’ equipment and training so that they can better serve our community.
Our Fire District has always worked to include our community in making the right decisions about providing for the safety of everyone in our community. We asked for your input with a survey, we asked for your input by balloting the measure, and we will continue to ask for your input every year at our publicly-held meetings.
Do you recycle printer cartridges?
Probably not, and they end up in the trash like ours used to. But no more! If you will drop off used cartridges (any brand or size) at Station 3 on Tyler Foote, the department will recycle them for you, and will receive three bucks each in the process! So make a painless contribution to your firefighters! Every little bit adds up and really helps!
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