SUPPORT OUR FIRE & PARAMEDIC SERVICES
Fire and paramedic protection in Palos Verdes Estates needs your “YES” vote at the March 7 election.
Fire and paramedic services both are now paid for with a Parcel Tax that was approvedby 87% of the City’s voters in 2001 ard 2007. Authorization for this tax expires on June 30,2017. The PVE City Council appointed a Fire and Paramedic Funding Citizens Committee to explore financing options. After critically considering numerous options, the Committee unanimously recommended continuation of the special tax and the City Council approved it unanimously. It now needs your approval.
This is a continuation of the same method of funding fire and pararnedic services that has been in place since 1991. Voting “YES” raises only the amount of money needed to cover the cost of our fire and paramedic services. Not voting on this measure, if you cast a ballot, is the same as a “no” vote and will threaten these essential services in PVE. Continuation of this Special Tax:
- Can only be used for fire and paramedic services.
- Will appear on your property tax bill and is typically tax deductible.
- Includes a basic charge lbr all parcels, including vacant lots, plus a charge for each square foot ofliving area.
- Costs $788.64 for a median size home of 2,450 square feet in 2016-17.
- The average annual increase in the Parcel Tax for the past 15 years has been $21 yearly 12450 sq. ft.1 to $39 yearly [6000 sq. ft.].
- Palos Verdes Estates has the lowest cost for its l5-person station of any of the South Bay communities. To see detailed comparison data, please click here.
- There is no supplemental charge for helicopter coverage and recovery, nor brush fire equipment if needed.
- Fire and paramedics made 990 response calls during calendar year 2015.
- Three other funding options were explored by the Committee; the Parcel Tax was clearly the most effective and equitable.
- Has a l2-year sunset clause and expires rn 2029.It can be revised or terminated at any time.
- If Measure D does not pass, the City will have to spend $2.S+ million of $9.4 million reserves which required 20 years to assemble
Please join us in voting “YES” to continue these essential services: Your endorsement on the attached sheet is encouraged.
|Ronald L. Buss. Chair