Sacramento group wants property owners to oppose fire district assessment

Published: Friday, Apr. 4, 2014 - 4:48 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 10, 2014 - 10:04 am

The Sacramento Taxpayers Association is recommending that property owners oppose a $27.50 annual assessment for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

Metro Fire’s board of directors is scheduled to decide later this month whether to ask property owners for the assessment. District officials say its needed to raise $12 million a year and halt a decline in fire services.

The executive committee of the taxpayers association voted Thursday night to oppose the assessment. Despite reduced labor costs, Metro Fire salaries are still excessive, according to a news release from the association.

The association also criticized Metro Fire for failing to better involve the public in the proposal and said the district will benefit from rising property values.

Fire Chief Kurt Henke has said the district has worked hard to rein in labor costs and involve the public in the assessment proposal.

Read more articles by Brad Branan



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