The Contra Costa Bar Association’s September 2012 newsletter, Contra Costa Lawyer, included commentary by District 2 Supervisor Candace Andersen regarding her recent vote opposing placement of the Consolidated Fire District parcel tax measure on the November ballot. Andersen leaves open the possibility that she will support the tax, contingent upon a union agreement to provide lower pension benefits to new hires and “either a new model for delivering services or a cost savings plan to make the district’s budget sustainable beyond the [10-year] sunset of the parcel tax.”
On November 6, voters will have the opportunity to enter the voting booth and raise their own taxes through a variety of measures on the ballot. One of these will be a $75 per parcel tax requested by the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (“ConFire”). A 55% majority vote would raise approximately $16.8 million annually and sunset after seven years. On July 31, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, which serves as ConFire’s Board of Directors, in a 4-1 vote, decided to place the tax on the ballot. I was the lone vote against it.
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