The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District held a board meeting to discuss a 2014 parcel tax options on Jan 6, 2013. They discussed various options for the Jan 6, 2014 board meeting. Five options for parcel tax included $102-5 years at 3%, $108-5 years, $104-7 year at 3%, $114-7 years, and $98-5 year at 3%. The committee will present these options to their Jan 6th board meeting. As a note, the district favors annual rise of 3% for the parcel tax.
A 2014 parcel tax is driven by committee reviews of costs for maintaining a five station staffing model that covers Oakley, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, and unincorporated areas of East Contra Costa County. There are 48 employees including two administrative with a total of 50 employees.
The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association is reviewing these options for East County’s 2014 parcel tax. However, it’s important to note that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District will run deficits even if the 2014 parcel tax is passed because salaries and pensions will double within 7 years or less from the current 2012-13 personnel costs.
2014 Parcel Tax
The Finance Committee favored the $98 at 3% escalator. A few board members disagreed on the parcel tax escalator, and amount.
Board member Ronald Johansen blamed Prop 13 for the district’s woes not its pension costs. He wanted to include a slide in the community meetings about Prop 13. Board member Joel Bryant (Brentwood City Council) wanted a slide on Prop 13.
Board member Cheryl Morgan said, “Let’s not turn it into Prop 13 discussion.”
They decided against it.
The Finance Committee urged the board to focus on future revenue sources because the parcel tax is not enough such as fees or community facilities district. There was no mention to cut salaries which is under their jurisdiction.
The Finance Committee under Joel Young mentioned how we need to go to the community for a three or five model station. The Board came out strongly against the 3 station model. One board member said, “We can’t have a three model fire station.”
Discussion included finding a consultant for outreach for a 2014 parcel tax. The Board will wait for the outreach meetings to decide for the final 2014 parcel tax dimensions.
East Contra Costa Fire Protection Community Outreach Meetings
Oakley- The East Contra Costa Fire Protection Fire District proposed several dates for their community outreach meetings.
Citizens will have an opportunity to voice their concerns to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District regarding the parcel tax.
The following dates are:
January 9, 2014 Bethel Island 7 PM BIMID Hall 3085 Stone Rd.
January 15, 2014 Clayton 7 PM CCC Farm Bureau 5554 Clayton Rd.
January 16, 2014 Oakley 7 PM City Hall 3231 Main St.
January 22, 2014 Byron 7 PM Excelsior Middle School 14301 Byron Hwy.
January 23, 2014 Brentwood 7 PM Senior Center 180 Griffin Ln.
January 29, 2014 Discovery Bay 7 PM Discovery Bay Elementary 1700 Willow Lake Rd.
January 30, 2014 Knightsen 7 PM Knightsen Farm Center 3020 2nd St.