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New fire tax spurs old controversy. District has history of paying overtime versus hiring more firefighters


Last updated 9/11/2008 at Noon

Members of the North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) board have agreed to endorse a proposed fire tax that voters will see on the November 4 ballot.

If approved, the proposed tax would be levied for a term of 30 years. It is designed to address the shortcomings discovered during last fall’s firestorm by adding more firefighting aircraft and fire engines to every district in the county, supporters say.

Chief Bill Metcalf says North County Fire would see almost half a million dollars of the proposed tax money directly every year because of its special district status and the distr...

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