2012-03-22 / Front Page

Assembly bill challenges ‘fire tax’

CONTROVERSIAL FEE
By Erik Skindrud
GAZETTE REPORTER

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And now I hear the dozer at

And now I hear the dozer at the CalFire Coulterville station is now history. Less service for more money ??

I was under the impression

I was under the impression that a tax, not matter how it's labeled, can not pass without a two thirds majority vote. Didn't the county just pass a fire tax with a simple majority vote? I know we are paying an extra $80 a year for fire protection. Now the total will be $215 with this additional $135. As recently reported, most in this county are on fixed incomes as I am. How much are we expected to endure? Now I hear this morning that there will be a tax surcharge to pay for four years of state college for students. I personally don't believe that the general public should have to pay to improve the lives of others. Isn't that our own responsibility? Should we not take responsibility for our ourselves? Maybe that's the problem these days. No one wants to accept responsibility because the government wants to do it for us making us dependent. What a concept.

Yes, public safety is

Yes, public safety is paramount. However, as a property and homeowner in Coulterville, I see no point in this "tax". I already pay a county tax, and support the local fire department and volunteers. I also pay the special assessment for the new county equipment. I also pay for the community water system, which includes hydrants. Yet, I now face another "tax" from the state, designed by Sacramento that apparently lost sight that life, liberty and property are first then the "extras" should be funded. Instead of paying the $115.00 to the state, I would welcome the option of making it a donation to my local volunteers.

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