Given Humboldt County’s recent track record of proposed tax increases, you really didn’t need a crystal ball to predict that we’d be faced with another proposed tax hike come November 3rd.
There’s just over a month to go before Humboldt’s voters hit the polls, and SURPRISE! Another fire district wants more of your money. Not satisfied by hoaxing all of Eureka, the fire districts have set their sights on Northern Humboldt now. It’s some sort of sick one-upsmanship game the fire fighters like to play.
C’mon, Arcata Fire District? Really? We know you Humboldt’s fire district’s must have a sense of humor, because only the wiliest of pranksters would try to pull this one over on us following the Measure Z debacle. Remember that whole “now-you-have-it, now-you-don’t” trick we got hosed on with the fire station closing down in Eureka? That was a real gas.
I bet you’re all just laughing it up in those shiny new trucks you bought with the last assessment we ponied up for. But hey, it’s all good. Clearly, Humboldt’s voters and taxpayers have either very short memories, or we just love the feeling we get from repeatedly throwing our money into the fire.
You can see a cool promotional video the fire district put together promoting the new tax, which is called Measure A, on the LoCO here. Interestingly, THC couldn’t find much on the internet describing the actual measure itself. But, not to be outdone, we went way back in the THC archives and found this video that a THC reader left in one of their comments. Check it.
We found it especially funny that Measure A intends to increase the assessment for fire protection by nearly 100%, and that it would ostensibly fund positions for 11 more firefighters. Which is great – it means there will be a new firefighter for roughly every new building that’s been built in the District recently. How much larger has the area that the AFD serves become, we wonder? The proportional burden of the people that will actually be paying the tax compared to the amount of people who will benefit from a tax hike is laughable.
But this does make us feel bad for the people who have to pay Cal-Fire dues on top of all this stuff, also – how many assessments is that per year? Sheesh.
Thank goodness we just up and bailed on owning homes and property in Humboldt and decided to move on down to the Devil’s playground – the response time for emergency services down here is way faster than when we actually paid taxes. It’s frickin’ sweet! At the current rate of tax increases – if Humboldt’s voters don’t wake up and put a stop to them – the DP will probably have it’s own damn department by 2017.