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County of San Diego parcel tax for a Regional Fire Protection Agency, Proposition A (November 2008)

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A County of San Diego parcel tax for a Regional Fire Protection Agency, Proposition A ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Diego County, California, where it was defeated.

If Proposition A had been approved, it would have authorized San Diego County to levy a special fire protection parcel tax.

The tax would have lasted for thirty years. The base rate of the tax would have been $52/parcel per year. This rate would have been increased by $1.00 for each acre in excess of 50 acres on a parcel, and 1¢ for each square foot in excess of 10,000 square feet of a structure/improvement, with a maximum lid of $1,000/year. The tax could have been adjusted upward each year in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

Election results

Proposition A
Defeatedd No410,82836.42%
Yes 717,183 63.58%
These final, certified, results are from the San Diego County elections office.



Proposition A had supporters but it also had organized opposition. Opponents included the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the San Diego County Republican Party, San Diego County Libertarian Party; Joe Sheffo, Candidate, Encinitas City Council; John Sparduto, Escondido investor; Joel Anderson, State Assemblyman; Lou Kartsonis, MD; Ed Teyssier, National City business owner; San Diego Tax Fighters; and the La Mesa City Council.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

PROPOSITION A: "To improve wildfire prevention and firefighting capabilities, shall the County of San Diego ordinance be adopted to establish a special fire protection parcel tax and provide for the establishment of a Regional Fire Protection Agency to coordinate expenditures and regional efforts including: Specialized emergency equipment such as helicopters and airplanes; Wildfire training programs for emergency personnel; Communications systems to improve response times; and, Brush clearing and other programs to help prevent wildfires?"[1]

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