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Special District

Idyllwild Fire Protection District
Measure W - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

838 votes yes (56.74%)

639 votes no (43.26%)

100% of precincts reporting (3/3).

1,477 ballots counted.

To preserve existing service levels for fire protection services, emergency medical services and paramedic services, provide for capital improvements, and fund reserves, shall an ordinance be adopted to enact a parcel tax of $130 per year on each parcel of real property within the District, with an annual cost of living adjustment not to exceed 3%?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Riverside Deputy County Counsel

The Board of Commissioners (“Board”) of the Idyllwild Fire Protection (“District”) by adopting Resolution No. 16-01 (“Resolution”), elected to call an election pursuant to Section 13911 and 13913 of the California Health and Safety Code and Sections 50075 and 53790 of the California Government Code to obtain authorization to assess and levy a special tax on all parcels of real property located within the boundaries of the District for each fiscal year. The special tax shall not be measured by the value of the property, but upon each parcel of property that has a separate assessor’s parcel number as shown on the last assessment roll of Riverside County.

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of the District.

The special tax is intended for the sole purpose of providing fire protection and prevention and emergency medical services, including capital improvements and designated reserves. The special tax will begin during the 2017-2018 fiscal year and the initial (first year) amount of the special tax shall be $130.00 per parcel. Each year thereafter the amount shall increase by a percentage. The increase shall be the lesser of an amount equal to three percent (3%) of the amount of the special tax then in effect, or an amount equal to a percentage as determined by the Consumer Price Index in the prior twelve month period prior to March of the applicable adjustment year.

If Measure W is approved, the Board of the District will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed levy of the special tax during the District’s budget hearing for each adjustment year. Notice of the hearing shall be published in accordance with District procedures at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing. A majority of the Board may, by an affirmative vote, increase the amount of the tax levy as described above.

An amount equal to twenty percent (20%) of the amount of special taxes actually received by the District will be used for the purpose of funding District reserve accounts and capital improvement projects related to fire protection  services. The remaining eighty percent (80%) received by the District will be placed into an account and solely used for the purpose of providing fire protection and prevent and emergency medical services, including paramedic services.

The special tax shall be collected in the same manner, on the same dates, and subject to the same penalties and interest as other charges and taxes fixed and collected by the County of Riverside on behalf of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District.

For this Measure to be approved two-thirds (66.6%) of qualified voters who vote on the Measure must vote yes.

A “YES” vote on Measure “W” is a vote to allow the District to assess and levy a special tax on each parcel of property with the District.

A ‘’NO” vote on Measure “W” is a vote against allowing the District to assess and levy a special tax on each parcel of property with the District.

By: Ronak N. Patel, Deputy County Counsel

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure W. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at (951) 486-7200 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

On July 21, 1981, the voters of the ldyllwild Fire Protection District, at a special election approved and established a stand-by availability charge, not to exceed $65 per unit per year beginning in fiscal year 1981-82. If this amount were adjusted for inflation, the charge today would be at or greater than $182.00 per unit per year. This current measure proposes to increase the charge to $130.00 per parcel per year. This increase will bring the finances of the District in line  with today’s costs and will allow the Idyllwild Fire Protection District to continue providing fire protection and emergency medical, ambulance transportation, and advanced life support services to the Community of Idyllwild.

The current fee of $65 per year generates approximately $207,000 which is just under 10% of the Fire Department’s annual operating expenses. Adjusting the fee to $130 per year would generate an additional $207,000 to help stabilize funding of the locally-controlled and fiscally responsible operations of the Fire Department. This measure will also help provide the much-needed, ongoing capital equipment and facility improvement needs, as well as rebuilding the District’s Financial Reserves.

Since 1981, the annual standby charge has never exceeded $65 per unit while the cost of providing fire protection and emergency medical services have greatly increased over that same 35 years. Measure “W” will help IFPD keep pace with inflation, help maintain community control, and will ensure that local taxes are used to fund local benefits. 

We need to clarify that the Cal Fire, Fire Prevention Fee does not provide funding for the benefit of the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. Revenue from that fee is collected and used by the State. That Cal Fire fee is currently being  challenged by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association as an illegal tax, not approved by voters.

By:    Richard Goldberg

         Steve Friemoth

         Victoria Streeter

         Chris Fogle

         Sheila Zacker

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE “W”

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters
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