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Taxes for Fire Protection Fail While Park Tax Approved

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Matt Slusher with the Placer Hills Firefighters Political Action Committee in Auburn says his district has come up $100,000 short every year for the past four years.   

SLUSHER:  "Everybody's dealing with the same thing.  Decreased home values have decreased the taxation on re-assessed homes, and so budgets have gone down "

Placer Hills asked for a $79-per-year assessment.  A majority of voters said yes, but the measure failed to get two-thirds of the vote.

The North Auburn-Ophir Fire district also asked for an increase -with a sliding scale based on the type of home.  The measure was soundly defeated.

Meanwhile, in Davis, residents were asked to continue a tax for park maintenance.  It passed with more than 80 percent of the vote.

All tax measures in California must have a two-thirds majority to pass because of  Proposition 13. Voters approved the law during the recession of the late 70's to protect homeowners from repeated property tax increases.   

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