Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Fire districts

EDITOR:

The Oct. 23 paper sure took a swipe at local fire districts. One thing is apparent, the supervisor we have serving the Rescue area doesn’t like fire districts.

The statement that fire district directors have the power to raise taxes is false. The people must vote on it. We have done this twice in Rescue
and both fees are still in effect.

Rescue Fire Department has two special parcel taxes, add this to the ambulance $25 and Cal Fire’s $150, plus our regular fire tax fee, how much more do you expect the people to cough up?

What I call “bailout money” used to be split many ways. The last few years it has all been going to law enforcement. I call that politics.

It would be a lot easier to consolidate all local fire districts and have one fire chief. One man is a lot easier to control than all the chiefs in El Dorado County.

FRANCIS CARPENTER
Rescue

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  • Dink LaneNovember 01, 2013 - 1:38 pm

    Back when Howard Jarvis was pushing Prop 13 to hold property tax rates down to 1%........ He said that choking off tax dollars would CUT the ADMINISTRATIVE costs that lead to WASTEFUL SPENDING...... Oh, but the Administrative gurus OUTSMARTED the every day voter........ If there weren't tax $$$$ available...... get them to vote to pay for the things people need ....... like FIRE and POLICE and ROADS ...... I haven't seen one single vote on Board of Sup pay (Doubled from 2002 to 2009)....... I haven't seen one single vote on Chief Administrator Officer's package for OVER $400,000 a year...... The people voted time and again to FINANCE public safety..... and time and again..... County officials SUCK UP the new funds and choke off PUBLIC SAFETY.....

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Dink: Hat change time. Though not knowing whether it's true that the CAO gets $400K, basically your overall assessment seems correct.

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  • James E.November 01, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    OK, I'm off to the real world (not Home Depot this time). Later.

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 3:19 pm

    Dink: HERE it shows that in 2011 the CAO of El Dorado County earned $168,505 plus benefits of $44,122. (No current data)

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  • Dink LaneNovember 01, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Evelyn: Please go back to the former EDC's CAO Laura Gill's hidden pay package revealed when she was hired as Elk Grove's City Manager.-- she said what is the big deal? She had the same package at EDC....... and don't forget the Placer County Executive Officer who was paid in hidden benefits and annual payments to special accounts which amounted to over $700,000...... You'd be surprised how much the BofS get in special benefits... Hank White at GDPUD had hidden benefits..... .... Do a Public Records Request.... You'll be surprised....... POINT being.... This is NOT what we pay taxes for......

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    Dink: Now that you mention it, I believe I had heard something about hidden benefits locally. "Black Budgets" aren't just in the military/NSA/CIA, etc. Probably overall $$$billions/trillions are off book and unaccounted for.

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Auditor-Controller HERE = $200,106 plus $47,636 (again, 2011 figures).

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 01, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    At the BOS meeting--it was stated that fire districts have almost the same power as the BOS...interesting--they even have eminent domain rights. Is all that true?

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Don't know. But as I recall, one point being made was that despite whatever powers they may have, they're remain at the mercy of the Auditor-Controller.

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    HERE are some 2011 City of Placerville salaries.

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  • Dink LaneNovember 01, 2013 - 7:57 pm

    This website was built in RESPONSE to the Laura Gill and Placer County Executive Officer fiasco..... Notice they don't include travel pay, expenses, special phone (Briggs still has his).... they also have special payment for their special retirement plan (Hank White had a goodie!)

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  • EvelynNovember 01, 2013 - 3:30 pm

    Rescue Fire Protection District (2011) - HERE

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