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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Second attempt to repeal the San Bernardino County fire tax goes to voters in June

For the second time in many years, registered voters in unincorporated San Bernardino County as well as the cities of San Bernardino, Upland, Twentynine Palms and Needles will decide the fate of the current Fire District tax.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, January 11 to place the citizen-initiated measure to repeal the tax on the June 7 statewide primary ballot.

A simple majority would eliminate what is known as the annual FP-5 property appraisal, a 2018 tax approved by supervisors that expanded the fire safety zone to all county unorganized areas and four cities without their own fire departments. The tax is currently around $162 per parcel.

Without revenue from the tax, officials say, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District would lose $42.7 million per year, an 18% drop in its budget. Fire officials say the damage would reduce fire protection and emergency medical services, while 15 to 17 fire stations across the district would have to be closed.

The county registrar of voters determined the measure eligible to ballot after residents in October 2021 – aided by funding from the Red Brennan Group, a liberal group – had collected 8,868 valid signatures. Observers opted not to adopt this measure into law or call a special election in April and instead put it on the June ballot.

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