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.
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.
There is no prominent misinformation about Measure B.