Brooktrails Township Community Services District Special Fire Tax Increase, Measure K (June 2014)

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A Brooktrails Township Community Services District Special Fire Tax Increase, Measure K ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Brooktrails Township Community Services District in Mendocino County, California, where it was approved.

Measure K authorized the Brooktrails Township Community Services District (BTCSD) to increase the parcel tax of the district by an annual $99 per single-family, residential parcel. Measure K also increased the tax rates applied to other classes of parcel as shown below in the county counsel's impartial analysis.[1]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure K.

Election results

Measure K
Approveda Yes 627 70.85%
Election results from Mendocino County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

Shall Ordinance No. 149 of the Brooktrails Township Community Services District, amending Ordinance Nos. 29 and 126 and increasing the Special Tax for Fire Protection and Prevention commencing with the Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2014, be approved?[2]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure K was prepared by the office of the county counsel:[1]

Pursuant to Government Code Section 53978 the Brooktrails Township Community Services District has adopted an ordinance imposing a special tax increase upon the following class of improvements or use as described below and set forth in Ordinance No. 149 amending Ordinances 29 and 126:

Class of Improvements or Use - Annual Tax:

  • Single Family Residence - $99
  • Duplex - $150
  • Triplex - $200
  • Fourplex - $250
  • Multiplex other - $275
  • Commercial use - $200
  • Hotel-Motel - $300
  • Vacant Parcels - $99

A two-thirds (2/3) vote was required for the approval of the increase in special tax prior to becoming effective. The revenue generated by the special tax is to be used for a comprehensive fire prevention program, operations, capital improvements, and reserves. All tax funds received shall be specifically segregated in account(s) designated for the purpose of a comprehensive fire prevention program, operations, capital improvements and reserves. All new tax revenue shall be designated for the funding of fire department operations (exclusive of salaries), capital improvements, depreciation, fire hazard programs, fire prevention programs and reserves.

The tax will take effect upon approval by the voters and will be reflected on the Secured Property Tax bill beginning with those issued for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

A "YES" vote will authorize the increase of the special tax for each class of improvement or use as depicted in Ordinance No. 149. A "NO" vote will disallow the special tax increase.[2]

—Douglas L. Losak, Acting Mendocino County Counsel[1]



The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure K:[1]

  • Paul Trexel, Brooktrails Fire Department Revenue Enhancement Committee member
  • John E. Lemmer, secretary of the Brooktrails Property Owners Association Board of Directors
  • Peter Norris, a founding member of the Brooktrails Community Alliance
  • Robert McKenzie, president of the Brooktrails Firefighters Association
  • Charles "Tony" Orth, Director of the Brooktrails Township Community Services District Board of Directors

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure K:[1]

The Brooktrails Fire Department needs your help! The Fire Department can no longer function at the current tax rate. The Fire Department cannot continue to be dependent on the Brooktrails Community Services District's General Fund for support. The Fire Department needs to be self-sufficient and have the ability to replace unsafe and outdated equipment. This tax increase will allow your Fire Department to purchase life saving emergency medical equipment, replace outdated and unsafe fire equipment that protect your firefighters, replace a much needed water tender and rescue vehicle and provide for additional training. We will also be able to maintain and expand our comprehensive Hazard Abatement Program to include abatement in the greenbelt behind residences.

Without passage of this fire tax your ISO fire insurance rating could be jeopardized, threatening the ability to obtain or afford fire insurance.

This proposal was reviewed by the Revenue Enhancement Committee comprised of local residents and it was agreed that a rate increase would go a long way to help eliminate the financial shortfalls of the Fire Department. A $34 per year increase per household will allow the Fire Department and its volunteer first responders to be self-sufficient now and into the foreseeable future.

Your fire tax dollars will go directly to the Fire Department and CANNOT be used by the Community Services District for other funds, project or wages. This tax will be used strictly for equipment replacement and operations of the Brooktrails Fire Department.[2]

—Paul Trexel, John E. Lemmer, Peter Norris, Robert McKenzie and Charles "Tony" Orth[1]


No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure K. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, Mendocino County, June 3, 2014 election information," accessed May 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.