The Red Brennan Group is a non-profit organization supporting “Big-Hearted Communities and Small Government.” The Red Brennan Group will deliver over 34,000 signatures to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.
San Bernardino, CA (Merxwire) – Is it possible for Fire Tax to be cancelled? Red Brennan Group is working with residents to collect signatures and hopes to abolish the special tax related to Fire Protection Zone Five (FP-5) in the November 2020 vote.
Due to the severe shortage of San Bernardino County Fire Protection District’s budget, the County Board of Supervisors decided to levy a special tax after voting.
This special tax is mainly for residents living in unincorporated areas. The County Board voted 3-2 of the Board of Supervisors rather than the two-thirds voter approval standard required by the state’s constitution. Therefore, many residents think that the procedure is problematic.
When & Where – The signatures will be delivered by representatives of The Red Brennan Group at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 11th to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters office located at 777 E. Rialto Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92415.
Why – Affected residents contend the Board of Supervisors, acting under advisement from senior county bureaucrats, violated Article XIII C Section 2. (d) of the California’s Constitution which states “No local government may impose, extend, or increase any special tax unless and until that tax is submitted to the electorate and approved by a two-thirds vote.”
After being stymied by the courts, a grass-roots effort to collect signatures for an initiative petition to place repeal of the tax before the voters kicked off in August of 2019. According to San Bernardino County Counsel’s office, 26,153 signatures would be required to qualify the petition for the November 2020 ballot. After exceeding this requirement by thirty percent, petition drive organizers, assisted by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, found that the actual signature requirement under California’s Constitution is likely 7,800 valid signatures.
More information please visit: https://redbrennan.org/fire-prevention-zone-five-expansion/
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