Arcata Fire District's Measure F

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What is Measure F

Measure F is a special tax that the District has proposed to be placed on the November 3, 2020 ballot.  This measure will require a two-thirds majority vote to be approved.  Measure F would generate $2.2 million annually and will have a 10-year sunset date.  

This tax will allow the Fire District to continue to provide fire protection services to the communities served, including McKinleyville, Manila, Bayside, Jacoby Creek, and Arcata, by;

  

  • Restoring  8 vacant firefighting positions that have been frozen due to budget cuts.

  • Re-opening the third fire station to ensure safe and rapid emergency, fire, and medical responses.

  • Ensuring there are adequate dollars applied to the Vehicle Replacement Fund to address aging firefighting equipment as needed.

  • Replenishing the emergency reserve funds that were spent over the past three budget cycles to maintain three staffed and operational stations 24/7/365.

What will the new tax cost me in addition to what I already pay?
  • Vacant/Unimproved = $25 per year

 

  • Mobile Home in a Park = $75 per year

 

  • Single Family Residence = $98 per year

 

  • Rural Improved = $162 per year

 

  • Multi-Family Residential (2-4 units) = $269 per year

 

  • Multi-Family Residential (5-9 units) = $338 per year

 

  • Multi-Family Residential (10+ units) =  $405 per year

  • Commercial = $486 per year

 

  • Industrial = $810 per year

  • Retail over 10,000 sq feet = $850 per year

How will the DIstrict Meet its Goals

Year 1  Fiscal Year 21-22                  

  1. Hire and train five firefighters.                

  2. Re-open closed fire station after new firefighters are trained.                

  3. Set aside $200,000 for the equipment and vehicle replacement fund. 

 Year 2  Fiscal Year 22-23 

  1. Hire and train three firefighters.  This will fully restore all vacant positions.

  2. Replace a high mileage command vehicle.

  3. Set aside $200,000 for the equipment and vehicle replacement fund.

Year 3 Fiscal Year 23-24 

  1. Replace one high mileage fire engine.

  2. Set aside $200,000 for the equipment and vehicle replacement fund.

 Year 4  Fiscal Year 24-25

  1. Update outdated radio system.

  2. Set aside $200,000 for the equipment and vehicle replacement fund.

 Year 5  Fiscal Year 25-26

  1. Set aside $200,000 for the equipment and vehicle replacement fund.

Click here is see the projected 5-year budget

            

Read the FAQ Page for Measure F

The district has created a FAQ page to provide answers to the many questions the public may have about the tax. To see if your question has already been answered click here.