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.
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.
There is no prominent misinformation about Measure A.