By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District is currently operating at a $29 million budget shortfall. On a 3-2 vote, the Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with the process to expand boundaries of the FP5 tax to raise revenue for fire services.
Board Chairman Lovingood and Supervisor Janice Rutherford opposed the proposed parcel tax, which would amount to $157.26 per year, with an increase of up to 3% per year.
The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District provides fire and emergency medical services (EMS) to residents throughout the entire County, covering 19,278 square miles and serving more than 60 communities/cities. The only exceptions being cities that have their own fire departments, cities that contract with other fire departments, and areas receiving these services through special districts. The parcel tax only applies to areas serviced by County Fire.
Property owners have a chance to protest the tax, which applies to both improved and vacant parcels.
There is a 30-day protest period along with a scheduled public hearing set for Oct. 16, 2018to allow the public to express their opinions regarding the expansion of the FP-5 Service Zone. Protest forms will be available on Sept. 14, 2018. For details, click on http://www.sbcfire.org/ ServiceZoneFP-5.aspx
During the protest period, if at least 25% of property owners who own at least 25% of the total impacted land value submit protest letters to the County, then an election will be triggered. If at least 50% of property owners who own at least 50% of the total impacted land value submit protest letters to the County, the expansion will be terminated.
County Fire has planned community meetings on the FP-5 fire tax.
8/21/18 5 p.m. Wrightwood Community Center, 275 Highway 2, Wrightwood
8/21/18 6:30 p.m. Phelan/Pinon Hills/El Mirage. Location to be determined
8/30/18 6 p.m. Former Oak Hills Fire Station, 6584 Caliente Road, Hesperia
9/5/18 6 p.m. Spring Valley Lake Community Center, 12975 Rolling Ridge Drive, SVL