Metro Fire joins Carmichael in tax increases

03/29/2014 7:03 PM

03/31/2014 11:32 AM

Re "Metro Fire seeks new charge on property owners" (Our Region, March 23): Metro Fire is not the only public agency trying to raise property taxes. The Carmichael Park District is trying to do the same thing with a regressive $44.87 annual parcel tax equaling a total of $660,000 the first year.

Also, cleverly packaged is a 3 percent annual increase with no end date. The fancy mailer mentions the need for this money for our safety, yet $160,000 provides only one security officer to patrol 13 parks.

The problem is the weighted ballot where San Juan Unified School District's "yes" vote really equals over 6,000 votes and the Park's "yes" vote equals 1,286 votes; those alone cancel hundreds of "no" votes by residents.

They both should have followed the lead of Carmichael Water District and opted out of submitting their block of votes and let the residents decide this issue.

-- Maureen Morris, Carmichael

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