S.B. County Fire Chief’s triple fees propaganda; general info, get the facts.

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  1. The county fire dept is running an annual deficit of $29.3 million. The property tax assessment of $157.56 would raise $26.9 million.Each fire station costs, on average, $2.2 million a year to operate (YV actually costs about $2.5M). Each ambulance costs about $1 million a year to operate. Yucca Valley has 3 ambulances, although it gets some money back from insurance reimbursements, for an average of $3.5 million a year to operate. If residents refuse to approve the property tax assessment, services will be cut, most likely Joshua Tree fire station and the “Wonder Valley” fire station. If the expansion is approve by residents, the fire chief said it is his priority to build two new fire stations in Yucca Valley. Station 42 on the Mesa would be relocated to the center of town, probably on the highway.

  2. The redefined FP-5 Expansion encompasses ALL of San Bernardino County except for cities already under FP-5. All 43,312 owned parcels (within the county) with APNs will be taxed with the proposed fire tax generating in its first year $6.8M to offset a $29M dollar budget shortfall currently supported by reserve monies. The tax collected in the South Desert Service Zone stays here in the South Desert Service Zone to be utilized at the Fire Chief/Warden’s budgetary discretion. The tax money generated from the expansion is not guaranteed for Yucca Valley exclusively, regardless of the proposed imaginary new fire stations, equipment, etc. There is no sunset on this tax. In its fifteenth year this tax, with annual three percent increases will generate over $10M for discretionary fire protection.

  3. Morongo did not want to because they had e there own rules but they can if they annex into the group. 29 plans agreed to annex into the group. A letter will be sent out to all property owners on Sept 16. In the letter you can agree or disagree with your comments why we should not do this. The 157.26 will be added to the taxes next year then the next year it will be raised by 3 % each year after that until they get out of the red and buy new equipment and buildings or land. If approved the fire station will be moved to yucca valley. The fire station. On 247 in lander’s will be closed an no fire station for lander’s or flamingo heights area or the Mesa area. Yucca valley will have two stations to service everything.

For those that did not attend the meeting tonight, go to and click on the FP5 link. All the information is there and you can ask questions. FP5 will apply to EVERYONE in the Morongo Basin except Morongo Valley. If you live in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Wonder Valley, Copper Mountain Mesa, Landers, Yucca Mesa, Pioneertown, Burns Canyon or Johnson Valley; THIS APPLIES TO YOU! Get the facts and make a decision. If you agree with FP5, you don’t need to do a thing. If you disagree and you are a property owner, you will receive a notice in the mail that explains how to protest it. If 25% or more of all of the FP5 area protests FP5, it has to go to vote.


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3 Responses to S.B. County Fire Chief’s triple fees propaganda; general info, get the facts.

  1. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter August 9, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Wow. Give me the money or I cut your safety net (of living in a modern society with water, policing and fire protection services). Pretty bold chief, Kinda like extortion. Privatizing fire is better than being extorted. It’s something like paying the bully for protection, where enough is never enough.

    • Dan OBrien
      Dan OBrien August 10, 2018 at 8:44 am

      It looks like we have our work cut out for us……. Just Say NO.

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