Well. the final election results are in, and the numbers are pretty much the same as those reported below. Of the 1715 registered voters in our Fire District, over 50% turned out to make their voices heard –a far cry from the dismal state voter turnout of 25%! Being a tax measure, Q needed 67% of the votes to pass. Our firefighters asked you for your support and you delivered unequivocally, approving the Measure by a whopping 80%!
The NSJFPD is very grateful for the community’s vote of confidence and looks forward to continuing to offer the high level of fire protection and emergency medical response services that all of our residents have the right to expect.
Measure Q Results
6/20/2014 2:31 PM Official Results
71 of 71 Precincts Reporting (100%)
Yes 672 79.53%
No 173 20.47%
In our Fire District there are 1715 registered voters. Of these, official results say that 865 cast ballots, for a turnout of 50.4 percent. This compares with a county-wide turnout of 44.58 percent. (Yes, I know 845 is not equal to 865. All numbers are from the elections office, and I guess the left hand hasn’t caught up with the right hand yet.)
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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