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  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A
  • Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A to support the continued funding of staffing and equipment for the Fire District. 

    Measure A asks voters in Calaveras County to add a special annual tax to sustain the staffing and training of the San Andreas Fire District, and to maintain and update equipment necessary to their work of protecting lives, homes, and businesses. The tax would be scaled based on property type: $165 for improved properties, $66 for individual apartment units and manufactured homes in mobile home parks, and $41.24 for unimproved properties. This special annual tax would have no expiration, and is expected to generate roughly $250,000 in revenue annually. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass. In August 2020, a similar measure received 62.9% of the vote, failing to reach the two-thirds threshold. The measure has been updated for the May 2021 ballot, and now includes lowered costs for property owners, and some exemptions for low-income seniors. 


    Why voting YES on Measure A matters:

    • The fire district often earns revenue by acting as a strike team that rents their engine and crew to the state during wildfire season. During a difficult fire season, this can provide the fire district with hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. However, in a year with few wildfires, the fire district can fall into a significant deficit. Measure A will stabilize the fire district’s revenue stream, allow for consistent budgeting, and provide a solid foundation for staffing and equipment decisions.
    • The fire district has difficulty covering all staffing expenses through existing tax revenue. Currently, the fire district operates with the minimum 4-person salaried crew, which is what is required for safe local responses and to qualify for paid strike-team assignments. Measure A will provide the fire district with the funding needed to support increased staffing and consistently provide stipends to volunteer firefighters who work 24-hour shifts at the station. 
    • The fire district funding limits have made it challenging for the fire district to provide competitive salaries to younger firefighters. Measure A will provide the fire district with the financial stability necessary to recruit new staff members and enable responsive services to an aging community that may have an increased need for emergency support in the coming years. 

     
    Top Funders
    The committee created in support of Measure A is headed by Dana Nichols, who sits on the San Andreas Fire District Board of Directors. The committee has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure A.
     

    Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A

    Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A to support the continued funding of staffing and equipment for the Fire District. 

    Measure A asks voters in Calaveras County to add a special annual tax to sustain the staffing and training of the San Andreas Fire District, and to maintain and update equipment necessary to their work of protecting lives, homes, and businesses. The tax would be scaled based on property type: $165 for improved properties, $66 for individual apartment units and manufactured homes in mobile home parks, and $41.24 for unimproved properties. This special annual tax would have no expiration, and is expected to generate roughly $250,000 in revenue annually. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass. In August 2020, a similar measure received 62.9% of the vote, failing to reach the two-thirds threshold. The measure has been updated for the May 2021 ballot, and now includes lowered costs for property owners, and some exemptions for low-income seniors. 


    Why voting YES on Measure A matters:

    • The fire district often earns revenue by acting as a strike team that rents their engine and crew to the state during wildfire season. During a difficult fire season, this can provide the fire district with hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. However, in a year with few wildfires, the fire district can fall into a significant deficit. Measure A will stabilize the fire district’s revenue stream, allow for consistent budgeting, and provide a solid foundation for staffing and equipment decisions.
    • The fire district has difficulty covering all staffing expenses through existing tax revenue. Currently, the fire district operates with the minimum 4-person salaried crew, which is what is required for safe local responses and to qualify for paid strike-team assignments. Measure A will provide the fire district with the funding needed to support increased staffing and consistently provide stipends to volunteer firefighters who work 24-hour shifts at the station. 
    • The fire district funding limits have made it challenging for the fire district to provide competitive salaries to younger firefighters. Measure A will provide the fire district with the financial stability necessary to recruit new staff members and enable responsive services to an aging community that may have an increased need for emergency support in the coming years. 

     
    Top Funders
    The committee created in support of Measure A is headed by Dana Nichols, who sits on the San Andreas Fire District Board of Directors. The committee has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure A.
     

    Last updated: 2021-05-03

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Calaveras County Ballot Measures

Measure #A

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A
  • Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A to support the continued funding of staffing and equipment for the Fire District. 

    Measure A asks voters in Calaveras County to add a special annual tax to sustain the staffing and training of the San Andreas Fire District, and to maintain and update equipment necessary to their work of protecting lives, homes, and businesses. The tax would be scaled based on property type: $165 for improved properties, $66 for individual apartment units and manufactured homes in mobile home parks, and $41.24 for unimproved properties. This special annual tax would have no expiration, and is expected to generate roughly $250,000 in revenue annually. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass. In August 2020, a similar measure received 62.9% of the vote, failing to reach the two-thirds threshold. The measure has been updated for the May 2021 ballot, and now includes lowered costs for property owners, and some exemptions for low-income seniors. 


    Why voting YES on Measure A matters:

    • The fire district often earns revenue by acting as a strike team that rents their engine and crew to the state during wildfire season. During a difficult fire season, this can provide the fire district with hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. However, in a year with few wildfires, the fire district can fall into a significant deficit. Measure A will stabilize the fire district’s revenue stream, allow for consistent budgeting, and provide a solid foundation for staffing and equipment decisions.
    • The fire district has difficulty covering all staffing expenses through existing tax revenue. Currently, the fire district operates with the minimum 4-person salaried crew, which is what is required for safe local responses and to qualify for paid strike-team assignments. Measure A will provide the fire district with the funding needed to support increased staffing and consistently provide stipends to volunteer firefighters who work 24-hour shifts at the station. 
    • The fire district funding limits have made it challenging for the fire district to provide competitive salaries to younger firefighters. Measure A will provide the fire district with the financial stability necessary to recruit new staff members and enable responsive services to an aging community that may have an increased need for emergency support in the coming years. 

     
    Top Funders
    The committee created in support of Measure A is headed by Dana Nichols, who sits on the San Andreas Fire District Board of Directors. The committee has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure A.
     

    Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A

    Vote YES on San Andreas Fire Protection District Measure A to support the continued funding of staffing and equipment for the Fire District. 

    Measure A asks voters in Calaveras County to add a special annual tax to sustain the staffing and training of the San Andreas Fire District, and to maintain and update equipment necessary to their work of protecting lives, homes, and businesses. The tax would be scaled based on property type: $165 for improved properties, $66 for individual apartment units and manufactured homes in mobile home parks, and $41.24 for unimproved properties. This special annual tax would have no expiration, and is expected to generate roughly $250,000 in revenue annually. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass. In August 2020, a similar measure received 62.9% of the vote, failing to reach the two-thirds threshold. The measure has been updated for the May 2021 ballot, and now includes lowered costs for property owners, and some exemptions for low-income seniors. 


    Why voting YES on Measure A matters:

    • The fire district often earns revenue by acting as a strike team that rents their engine and crew to the state during wildfire season. During a difficult fire season, this can provide the fire district with hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. However, in a year with few wildfires, the fire district can fall into a significant deficit. Measure A will stabilize the fire district’s revenue stream, allow for consistent budgeting, and provide a solid foundation for staffing and equipment decisions.
    • The fire district has difficulty covering all staffing expenses through existing tax revenue. Currently, the fire district operates with the minimum 4-person salaried crew, which is what is required for safe local responses and to qualify for paid strike-team assignments. Measure A will provide the fire district with the funding needed to support increased staffing and consistently provide stipends to volunteer firefighters who work 24-hour shifts at the station. 
    • The fire district funding limits have made it challenging for the fire district to provide competitive salaries to younger firefighters. Measure A will provide the fire district with the financial stability necessary to recruit new staff members and enable responsive services to an aging community that may have an increased need for emergency support in the coming years. 

     
    Top Funders
    The committee created in support of Measure A is headed by Dana Nichols, who sits on the San Andreas Fire District Board of Directors. The committee has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure A.
     

    Last updated: 2021-05-03

Measure #B

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on Copperopolis Fire Protection Measure B
  • Vote YES on Copperopolis Fire Protection District Measure B to reauthorize current funding for long-term staffing and strategic growth. 


    Measure B asks voters in Calaveras County to reauthorize the extension of the Copperopolis Fire Protection District’s appropriations limit through 2025. The appropriations limit was instituted in 1997 and has been reauthorized by voters every four years. The tax collects $75 for paramedic services and $75 for fire protection annually from all residents, and those funds are spent to support the operation of these public services. The appropriation limit for the next four years will be $550,000. If the measure does not pass, the tax will still be collected from residents, but it would require a vote by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors for appropriation to the Fire Protection District. This measure requires a simple 50% majority voter approval to pass.


    Why voting YES on Measure B matters:

    • Without a reauthorization of the current funding, public services in the district would be dramatically cut, and response times could increase substantially. Measure B will ensure that staffing, training, and equipment can be a budget priority, and that the current service levels and response times can be maintained. With the appropriations limit, the Fire Protection District maintains a maximum 9-minute response time for most medical and fire calls. Additionally, the community has an aging population, and an overwhelming 84% of their emergency calls are for medical support. 
    • Opposing this measure would not stop the collection of the annual $150 tax per resident. The failure of this measure would require the collected funds to instead be reviewed and appropriated by the Board of Supervisors. Sending these funds through a bureaucratic political process could result in temporarily delayed services for residents. Approving Measure B through the electoral process will ensure that there is no disruption to existing services for residents. 
    • The Copperopolis Fire Protection District currently staffs a 24-hour team of paramedics, firefighters, and EMTs who are trained in rescue, advanced life-support intervention, and lifesaving strategies. Approving Measure B will ensure that the district can maintain the existing team while simultaneously exploring long-term strategies for growth, training, and staff recruitment. 

     

    Top Funders
    The committee in support of Measure B has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure B.
     

    Vote YES on Copperopolis Fire Protection Measure B

    Vote YES on Copperopolis Fire Protection District Measure B to reauthorize current funding for long-term staffing and strategic growth. 


    Measure B asks voters in Calaveras County to reauthorize the extension of the Copperopolis Fire Protection District’s appropriations limit through 2025. The appropriations limit was instituted in 1997 and has been reauthorized by voters every four years. The tax collects $75 for paramedic services and $75 for fire protection annually from all residents, and those funds are spent to support the operation of these public services. The appropriation limit for the next four years will be $550,000. If the measure does not pass, the tax will still be collected from residents, but it would require a vote by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors for appropriation to the Fire Protection District. This measure requires a simple 50% majority voter approval to pass.


    Why voting YES on Measure B matters:

    • Without a reauthorization of the current funding, public services in the district would be dramatically cut, and response times could increase substantially. Measure B will ensure that staffing, training, and equipment can be a budget priority, and that the current service levels and response times can be maintained. With the appropriations limit, the Fire Protection District maintains a maximum 9-minute response time for most medical and fire calls. Additionally, the community has an aging population, and an overwhelming 84% of their emergency calls are for medical support. 
    • Opposing this measure would not stop the collection of the annual $150 tax per resident. The failure of this measure would require the collected funds to instead be reviewed and appropriated by the Board of Supervisors. Sending these funds through a bureaucratic political process could result in temporarily delayed services for residents. Approving Measure B through the electoral process will ensure that there is no disruption to existing services for residents. 
    • The Copperopolis Fire Protection District currently staffs a 24-hour team of paramedics, firefighters, and EMTs who are trained in rescue, advanced life-support intervention, and lifesaving strategies. Approving Measure B will ensure that the district can maintain the existing team while simultaneously exploring long-term strategies for growth, training, and staff recruitment. 

     

    Top Funders
    The committee in support of Measure B has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure B.
     

    Last updated: 2021-05-03

Measure #C

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on West Point Fire Protection District Measure C
  • Vote YES on West Point Fire Protection District Measure C to provide the financial support needed to maintain full services for residents. 


    Measure B asks voters in Calaveras County to approve the establishment of a special annual property tax to support the continued operation of the West Point Fire Protection District. The proposed tax would be an additional $180 per year for the owners of 1,952 currently taxed district parcels. This measure would raise an additional $350,000 annually, and increase the district’s appropriation’s limits consistent with this additional revenue. This additional funding would allow the West Point Fire Protection District to maintain current 24-hour/day staffing levels. In August 2020, a similar measure was placed on an all-mail special-election ballot, and fell a few points short of the required two-thirds majority voter approval to pass. 


    Why voting YES on Measure C matters:

    • The West Point Fire Protection District has not seen an increase in funding through tax revenue since 2007, but it has maintained 24-hour per day, year-round services for residents. As a result, the district currently operates at a deficit and has struggled to maintain equipment, cover fuel costs, and provide competitive wages. Measure A will provide the funding needed to maintain current staffing levels and eliminate the risk of cuts to service hours.
    • After the failure of the August 2020 ballot measure, the district anticipated making painful cuts to their services. However, during a difficult fire season, they were able to earn revenue by acting as a strike team that rented their engine and crew to the state. This provided West Point with the funds needed to continue their operations, but it also demonstrates their precarious position without adequate and reliable tax funding. Measure C will stabilize the fire district’s revenue stream, allow for consistent budgeting, and provide a solid foundation for staffing and equipment decisions.
    • Without an infusion of more tax revenue, it is likely that the district will be forced to cut their services or consolidate with another nearby service provider. These types of changes will increase response times, and create a gap in services that could result in catastrophic property damage or unattended medical crises. Measure C will provide the funds necessary to maintain full, prompt, and consistent services across the district. 

     

    Top Funders
    The committee in support of Measure C has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure C.
     

    Vote YES on West Point Fire Protection District Measure C

    Vote YES on West Point Fire Protection District Measure C to provide the financial support needed to maintain full services for residents. 


    Measure B asks voters in Calaveras County to approve the establishment of a special annual property tax to support the continued operation of the West Point Fire Protection District. The proposed tax would be an additional $180 per year for the owners of 1,952 currently taxed district parcels. This measure would raise an additional $350,000 annually, and increase the district’s appropriation’s limits consistent with this additional revenue. This additional funding would allow the West Point Fire Protection District to maintain current 24-hour/day staffing levels. In August 2020, a similar measure was placed on an all-mail special-election ballot, and fell a few points short of the required two-thirds majority voter approval to pass. 


    Why voting YES on Measure C matters:

    • The West Point Fire Protection District has not seen an increase in funding through tax revenue since 2007, but it has maintained 24-hour per day, year-round services for residents. As a result, the district currently operates at a deficit and has struggled to maintain equipment, cover fuel costs, and provide competitive wages. Measure A will provide the funding needed to maintain current staffing levels and eliminate the risk of cuts to service hours.
    • After the failure of the August 2020 ballot measure, the district anticipated making painful cuts to their services. However, during a difficult fire season, they were able to earn revenue by acting as a strike team that rented their engine and crew to the state. This provided West Point with the funds needed to continue their operations, but it also demonstrates their precarious position without adequate and reliable tax funding. Measure C will stabilize the fire district’s revenue stream, allow for consistent budgeting, and provide a solid foundation for staffing and equipment decisions.
    • Without an infusion of more tax revenue, it is likely that the district will be forced to cut their services or consolidate with another nearby service provider. These types of changes will increase response times, and create a gap in services that could result in catastrophic property damage or unattended medical crises. Measure C will provide the funds necessary to maintain full, prompt, and consistent services across the district. 

     

    Top Funders
    The committee in support of Measure C has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure C.
     

    Last updated: 2021-05-03

Measure #D

  • VOTE YES
    Vote YES on Appaloosa Road Community Services District Measure D
  • Vote YES on Appaloosa Road Community Services District Measure D to equitably implement the road-maintenance parcel tax. 


    Measure D asks voters in Calaveras County to apply a special tax increase that was previously approved to the 20 parcels of land on Pinto and Morgan Roads, which were originally exempted from the tax. In May 2019, voters approved a measure that increased an existing parcel tax from $75 annually to $175 annually for taxable parcels of land in the Appaloosa Zone. This updated tax was intended to fund road improvements, and applying it to the additional 20 parcels will add $2,000 to the road-maintenance fund annually, increasing the district’s appropriation limit to the revenue generated by this measure. A parcel tax is flat in that it is applied equally to all designated parcels, regardless of their size, use, or value. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass.


    Why voting YES on Measure D matters:

    • After the May 2019 vote, twenty parcels were inadvertently exempted from the tax in a clerical error. As a result, the owners of those parcels are still paying the $75 annual tax that was increased by a significant vote margin of 82% in 2019. Measure D will bring all parcel owners to the intended tax rate of $175 annually, establishing equity in the distribution of maintenance costs and allowing the Community Services District to adequately budget for and execute repairs.

     

    Top Funders
    The committee in support of Measure D has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure D.
     

    Vote YES on Appaloosa Road Community Services District Measure D

    Vote YES on Appaloosa Road Community Services District Measure D to equitably implement the road-maintenance parcel tax. 


    Measure D asks voters in Calaveras County to apply a special tax increase that was previously approved to the 20 parcels of land on Pinto and Morgan Roads, which were originally exempted from the tax. In May 2019, voters approved a measure that increased an existing parcel tax from $75 annually to $175 annually for taxable parcels of land in the Appaloosa Zone. This updated tax was intended to fund road improvements, and applying it to the additional 20 parcels will add $2,000 to the road-maintenance fund annually, increasing the district’s appropriation limit to the revenue generated by this measure. A parcel tax is flat in that it is applied equally to all designated parcels, regardless of their size, use, or value. This measure requires a two-thirds supermajority voter approval to pass.


    Why voting YES on Measure D matters:

    • After the May 2019 vote, twenty parcels were inadvertently exempted from the tax in a clerical error. As a result, the owners of those parcels are still paying the $75 annual tax that was increased by a significant vote margin of 82% in 2019. Measure D will bring all parcel owners to the intended tax rate of $175 annually, establishing equity in the distribution of maintenance costs and allowing the Community Services District to adequately budget for and execute repairs.

     

    Top Funders
    The committee in support of Measure D has yet to file any contributions with the Calaveras County Elections Office. We are unable to provide monetary information until contributions are filed. 


    Misinformation
    There is no prominent misinformation about Measure D.
     

    Last updated: 2021-05-03