Fire and paramedic services for City residents, inclusive of brush inspection, emergency response, rescue, building construction-related services, and all personnel and equipment, are provided by a contract with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). These essential public safety services provided by LACoFD costs the City approximately $4.7 million a year.
With no funding source available to cover the cost other than, for example, reducing the Police Department services or the City’s reserves, the contract is paid by an assessment collected with property taxes (a special parcel tax). A special tax has been necessary to pay for fire and paramedic services since 1980 because other existing tax revenues that maintain and support current service levels and programs such as the Police Department are insufficient. The special parcel tax was last approved by 87.3% of City voters in 2007 for a term of 10 years. At least two-thirds of the votes cast for the measure are necessary for passage of the special tax measure to continue fire and paramedic services without impacting public safety services.
At its November 8, 2016 meeting, City Council voted to place before voters the special parcel tax on the ballot for consideration in the March 7, 2017 election. The existing 2007 special parcel tax includes a 10-year “sunset provision” that ends the funding for fire and paramedic services in June 2017. The proposed extension to the special parcel tax has a sunset provision again. It is a 12-year sunset through 2029 to coincide with future City elections being held in November.
- Fire & Paramedic Services Special Parcel Tax Ballot Question
- Fire & Paramedic Services Special Parcel Tax Ballot Measure
- Official Sample Ballot
On December 16, 2016, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk assigned MEASURE D for this ballot measure.
- IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS of Ballot Measure D
- Argument FOR Ballot Measure D
- Argument AGAINST Ballot Measure D
- REBUTTAL of Argument FOR Ballot Measure D
- REBUTTAL of Argument AGAINST Ballot Measure D
The following resolutions adopted by the City Council provides parameters and guidance set forth to submit arguments "For" or "Against" and Rebuttals:
- RESOLUTION SETTING PRIORITIES FOR WRITTEN ARGUMENTS FOR/AGAINST BALLOT MEASURE
- RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR REBUTTAL ARGUMENTS PERTAINING TO BALLOT MEASURE
- Public Notice to Voters of Date After Which No Arguments For or Against a City Measure May be Submitted to the City Clerk - setting parameters and deadline for submission of written arguments.
- Process Selection of Ballot Measure D Rebuttal Arguments
HISTORICAL ELECTION MATERIALS