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.
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.
There is no prominent misinformation about Measure C.