This letter shares why the Board of Directors, North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD), supports Proposition A.
First, Prop. A creates a countywide joint powers authority (JPA) to improve regional fire services. To address shortcomings identified following recent fires the JPA will purchase, operate and maintain up to 50 additional fire engines.
Distributing these engines to local fire agencies will provide ‘boots on the ground’ during the next firestorm. The JPA will add to critical air assets by purchasing/leasing additional helicopters and firefighting aircraft.
Second, Prop. A provides funding to improve local fire services. It requires that new funds result in improvements and can’t replace existing funding. NCFPD has already identified needs, which include hiring additional firefighters, building additional fire stations and coverage/response issues.
Prop. A proposes a $52-per-parcel tax (with variations) and raises about $52 million – half the funds for the JPA (10 percent or less for administration) and half the funds for where the money was collected. It results in nearly $500,000 annually to enhance and improve fire protection here.
A ‘yes’ vote on Prop. A will begin making critical public safety improvements. There simply is no excessive funding, nor is money being wasted in fire protection. For more than 40 years fire protection has been under-funded. Improvement requires additional resources. Prop A begins this for $1 per week. We urge: ‘yes’ on Prop A.
NCFPD Board of Directors: