The rate is currently $40 per year for improved parcels and $25 a year for unimproved parcels. The measure would need to be passed by 2/3 of Lake Shastina's voters.
At its April 15 meeting, the Lake Shastina Community Services District passed a resolution to place a measure on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot to increase the special tax assessment dedicated to funding the Lake Shastina Fire Department by $3.33 each month per parcel.
The rate is currently $40 per year for improved parcels and $25 annually for unimproved parcels. The measure would need to be passed by 2/3 of Lake Shastina’s voters.
The fire department has operated under the same budget for 29 years, said Karla Chandler, chairperson of the Fire Investment Recovery Effort, or F.I.R.E., which supports the measure.
At the April 15 meeting, Lake Shastina Fire Chief Steven Pappas reported that the department has urgent, current and upcoming priority needs that simply cannot be met with the 29-year old budget.
He explained that if the ballot measure is successful, Phase 1 priorities would include:
1) Replacement of the current medical response vehicle; and
2) Upgrading the existing fire engine bay capacity. This will allow fire engines to be stored properly, and diminish repair costs due to damage in freezing weather.
During the April 15 meeting, a discussion took place among the board members about the correlation between homeowner insurance availability/cost and a viable fire department.
The burn site, which is overseen by the fire department, was also discussed. Status of opening is unknown because of social distancing rules to protect the volunteers, and the dry winter and spring Siskiyou County has experienced.