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Measure R

What is Measure R?

This new special parcel tax would replace the 1997 Special Tax and would be in
addition to
the 2006 Benefit Assessment.  As recommended by a community survey,
the new tax, if approved, would not have an inflation factor and would expire in
10 years.  Before the end of the 10-year term, the community would again be asked to
support another measure to continue the tax.


What is the purpose of the proposed tax?

To ensure we can respond quickly to emergencies when you need us, Measure R will: 

  • Retain two firefighters on-duty at 3 stations and 1 Battalion Chief Supervisor.

  • Restore the three frozen/vacant firefighter positions. 

  • Repair and Replace fire engines and equipment when needed.

Want More Information?

Read The FAQ Page on This Website

The district has created and 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.

Attend Local Town Hall Meetings 

The Arcata Fire District invites you to join us at one of the Town Hall Meetings scheduled throughout the Fire District. Fire Chief Justin McDonald will be joining your District Board members to share information about the District’s proposed special tax, which will be on the March 2020 ballot. Chief McDonald will share facts about the District and provide information to the public about why the District is asking the community to vote on the proposed tax to increase District revenues. Please join us to learn about the District's financial state and learn why it is important for the District to secure additional funding and maintain its current service level.

January 24, 2020, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  Azalea Hall - 1620 Pickett Road, McKinleyville

January 27, 2020, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  Arcata Fire Station - 631 9th Street, Arcata

February 3, 2020, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  Bayside Community Hall - 2297 Jacoby Creek Road, Bayside

February 6, 2020, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  Pacific Union Elementary School - Multi-Purpose Room 3001 Janes Road

February 7, 2020, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  Dows Prairie Grange,  3995 Dows Prairie Road, McKinleyville

February 13, 2020, 6:00pm-7:00pm
  Manila Community Center,  1611 Peninsula Drive, Manila

Email your Board members:

Rene Campbell-Division 1 (McKinleyville North)

Nicole Johnson-Division 2 (McKinleyville South)

Randy Mendosa-Division 3 (North Arcata)

Elena David-Division 4 (Central Arcata)

David Rosen-Division 5 (Bayside, Jacoby Creek, Manila)


Email addresses are first initial last name

To see Board members listed next to a map of their division click here 

Or Contact Fire Chief Justin McDonald Directly
 at 707-825-2000 or

Please fill out this online form to request more information