On June 11, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors voted to take six days of food off the tables of county residents — and hand it over to County Fire.

According to the California Budget and Policy Center, a family of four in San Bernardino County spends $773 per month, or $25.77 per day, to feed itself.

Via a 4-1 vote, county supervisors approved placement of the Fire Prevention Zone Five (FP-5) special tax on the rolls for the next fiscal year. Residents located largely, but not entirely, in the unincorporated areas of the county will pay an additional $157.26 per year to fund County Fire — six days of meals for a family of four.

Hungry residents may have a chance to get those meals back after a multi-year wait. In response to the outcry from residents affected by the tax, the board modified the motion presented by County Fire. The motion initially called for a 3 percent increase in the FP-5 tax, to $161.98, in addition to placing the tax on the roll for the next fiscal year. The special tax was to remain on the rolls in perpetuity with the potential for a 3 percent increase each year.

Rather than grant the 3 percent increase, the board held the line at the current fiscal year charge and added two items to the resolution.

The motion, as amended by the board, “Directs the CEO and interim fire chief to explore funding mechanisms to pay for fire and emergency services in San Bernardino County that must be put to voters by Jan. 1, 2021, and return to the board within 90 days to discuss those funding alternatives.” In addition, the motion “directs staff to set a date on which funding for FP-5 will sunset.”

What is FP-5’s

backstory?

In June of 2018, the board approved a course of action to expand Service Zone FP-5. The plan, floated by senior leadership within the county bureaucracy, was to use fire district law and expand FP-5 to include the entire unincorporated area of the county, along with some incorporated areas. Originally approved by 1,022 voters in Helendale, the tax tied to FP-5 is a per parcel special tax. The resulting annexation would yield a $26.9 million increase to County Fire’s coffers — with the potential to increase at 3 percent per year indefinitely.

Senior county leadership reasoned this scheme could also be accomplished without voter approval. By leveraging a poorly reasoned and overly broad interpretation of Citizens Association of Sunset Beach v. Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, and borrowing a so-called “protest procedure,” the county concocted an approach to impose the tax without approval by residents.

There was, however, an inconvenient truth. Article XIII C, section 2, subsection d, of the Constitution of the State of California 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.

Affected residents, roused by this blatant attempt to circumvent their Constitutional rights, fought the expansion in both the political and legal arena over the course of the year.

What did county residents actually gain in their effort to assert their rights? The supervisors decided not to extract an additional $4.72 from county residents. They decided to place an illegal tax on the roll that was imposed in violation of the California Constitution. The board members then “gave” voters their rights by approving an unenforceable promise that would put a County Fire funding mechanism on a ballot by 2021 — two tax years and 36 meals down the road.

A thoughtful skeptic may find little to please, and much for concern in the board of supervisors motion.

EDITOR’S NOTE — A superior court judge ruled that the FP-5 tax was not unconstitutional.

(22) comments

spearman1ca

regardless of what some judge ruled - they have been wrong in the past. This FP5 fee/assessment or whatever you want to call it is a tax - plain and simple. I fought this idea when it first appeared in 29 Palms when the ebb and flow of our own Fire Department laid in the balance. I fought this very quirky move on the part of county fire and our then seated city council as being at the very least a failure of our elected officials that were seated on the council at the time as bypassing the democratic process. Those five imposed a $159.00 a year TAX without a vote of the citizens - shameful at best and dictatorial at worst. A special TAX takes 2/3rds of the voters to pass and county fire as well as the council knew that proceeding to a vote was a recipe for failure in their world yet a victory for the citizens in our world. Through a series of shenanigans the city of 29 Palms imposed a tax without a vote. At the time I think we were the second city that county fire foisted this scheme upon. Following the dumbing down of the city council county fire they went for the for big catch. If it worked in two cities then it should work in the whole county. Imposition of a tax through a "protest process" as opposed to a vote and it worked again. Argue as you may but this TAX will soon find a judge that rules in contrast to what a recent judge ruled. I am so disappointed in the members of the council at the time and now the members of the county board of supervisors. Why should county fire get a special fee imposed on our taxes to fund themselves when the sheriff department performs more and in more peril and no special fee or tax appears on our tax bills for SP5 - I made that up - meaning Sheriff protection 5. A complete travesty upon the democratic process is what we have here.

wingside

You're correct , remember what Chief Justice Roberts did with ObamaCare and it's been a disaster ever since

Branson Hunter

It's my understanding the action is not over. Just think about this administrative injustice. No due process, no real vote, no up or down vote. Only an formal notice that if you didn't get it back to the county, you will go toward a yes affirmation to raise taxes (fees, assessments). The official letter to homeowners intentionally omitted the sham letter to be returned county with your so-called vote. County administration rules seriously disadvantage property while favoring the county. It was a painfully sham process that exponentially raised taxes absent constitutional safeguards.

Benny

I heard the "protect letter" was on some other website you had to look up, then "print it out" and send it in to "their people" who will count the total. As if we all have a printer handy and ink available. The ink is always $32 dollars and it runs dry if not used in 3 months.

Benny

Z107.7 had an article in their local news section that said they made a "slight" mistake in calculating the number of parcels. Instead of 111,000 parcels they claim... there were actually 1.1 MILLION parcels. Oops...just a slight error. So if my math is correct they are actually stealing 2.6 billion dollars from us. Not 26 million. How come I read this article and no one is bringing it up. It totally proves the entire thing is a bold scam on taxpayers.

Branson Hunter

Benny, At least homeowners have the State Constitution to protect them from special taxes or schools tax measures. Given the Morongo Unified School District impending general bond property tax measure, that will requires a 2/3 vote thanks to the California Constitution. Conversely, the administrative structure used to procure the recent unjust fire tax vote mirrors the perception of a vote when it's factually more orwellian in nature. Whatever it is, it is a sham and reflect the voting values of undemocratic countries. What's more disturbing about this is that the administrative procedure is okay with elected representatives.

Branson Hunter

The remedy has to come from Sacramento; Local Agency Formation Commissions or LAFCOs are regional service planning county agencies of the State of California. The bill that set this piece of trash up ought to be amended to include due process in LAFCOs voting procedures. They are damaging to this country and really should have never been set up in the first place. LAFCO's undemocratic procedural votes are awful. They should be scrubbed in order to conform to traditional due process voting standards. The following should initiate a bill to have voting conform to minimal voting standards. Sure county LAFCOs will be riled but legislatures should at least give property owners a fair vote -- from overzealous taxing agencies who know they have us and will win because they have unfair, lopsided sham voting procedures.

Branson Hunter

The following legislators should safeguard the California Constitution and amend LAFCO's undemocratic voting sham vote. We all know that. LACFO agencies know that. And our county supervisors know it too. Democrat Contact Assembly Member Cecilia M. Aguiar-Curry Capitol Office, Room 5144 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0004; (916) 319-2004 District Office 600 A Street, Suite D, Davis, CA 95616; (530) 757-1034 2721 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa, CA 94558; (707) 224-0440 50 D Street, Suite 305, Santa Rosa, CA 95404; (707) 576-0400 885 Lakeport Boulevard, Lakeport, CA 95453; Arambula, Dr. Joaquin 31 Democrat Contact Assembly Member Dr. Joaquin Arambula Capitol Office, Room 5155 P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0031; (916) 319-2031 District Office 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 5031, Fresno, CA 93721; (559) 445-5532 Bauer-Kahan, Rebecca 16 Democrat Contact Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan Capitol Office, Room 2130 P.O. 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spearman1ca

111,000 parcels for this county is a way off number. It is more in the area of 1.1 million. Given that the annual haul for county fire would be approximately $169, 400,000. Their annual budget last year was $230,004,437 so this "TAX" gives them a 74% INCREASE! That is just plain absurd.

TwoToeJoe

Shameful is it not? Keep electing those fools who continually keep raising our property taxes by calling it assessments to circumvent proposition 13. Sad enough we expected those revenues to be spent on the essentials such as maintaining our basic infrastructure. It is a complete waste of time complaining about it when they keep getting elected and reelected.

Branson Hunter

What spearman1ca posted is chilling and callous. it is unconscionable and disgraceful. Voters are not entirely responsible for electing machiavellian taxing officials. For example: "Tax-and-spending politicians can raise your taxes just by reinstating annual market value assessment, eliminating the two-thirds protection against taxes paid only by property owners." -- HJTA. Further, "Politicians can reach in and take back every tax dollar that Prop. 13 has saved Californians for 41 years." Yes some key legislators are working to do just that: amending the California Constitution do away with the two-thirds vote on new taxes. Take Measure EE where Voters in LA rejected a property tax increase because of wasteful spending and the scare tactic didn't work. Lobbyist for school districts and teachers unions have their plan according to Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, the legislator whose tax ballot transparency bill was gutted. In its place a senate bill that blocks transparency on tax ballots. Local school district have their people in Sacramento that want your money by any means necessary. That means MUSC has initiated the 1st procedural step to a property tax ballot measure increase. What is disturbing is that Tribal money is pledged -- in the amount of $100,000 -- to MUSD to change to way people think. Meaning Tribal money will pay for advertising because school districts cannot use taxpayer funds to advertise tax increases. So MUSD will like hire an outside form that specializes in indoctrinating the public to vote Yes. With Tribal money, they have nothing to lose. The payout is enormous for many teachers. https://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Department.aspx?departmentid=318822&year=2017. The payout for Superintendent Office is enormous. https://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Department.aspx?departmentid=318822&year=2017 . Anyone wanting to understand more about this, say so. I can post new government sites and professional analysis about the taxing scams.

Branson Hunter

Typo: Should be -- ... hire an outside "Firm".

Branson Hunter

If I may... Morongo homeowners are still paying for the last MUSD tax increase bond! So here is how it will work: Should a MUSD tax increase pass with a 2/3 vote, both the existing general tax bond and the new tax measure would merge. Both are incorporated into one so it looks like one MUSC tax. I will oppose a new school property tax increase. Copper Mountain was notified recently they may have a funding problem. Water district want more money. Beware of new taxes. MY opinions and my verified facts. Thank you.

TwoToeJoe

"The new Legislature is dominated by pro-tax politicians who have a two-thirds supermajority in Sacramento. Bills that undermine the taxpayer protections in Proposition 13 have been introduced and are being heard in committees. If approved, these bills could cost every property owner thousands of dollars annually." HJTA. Tax-and-spend politicians dominate Sacramento. They are easily identified by party and ideology and led by the likes of Governor Gavin Newson, Speaker of the California State Assembly Anthony Rendon and President pro tempore of the California State Senate Toni G. Atkins. They should be the ones we should giving thanks for undermining taxpayer protections in Proposition 13. Fools keep electing those tax and spend progressive Democrats and then worry about the consequences. Local parcel tax ballot measures must win a 2/3rds supermajority in order to pass. Local school bond ballot propositions require a 55% supermajority vote to pass. No opinions just facts.

spearman1ca

Sacramento did not do this fire tax to us. As a matter of fact there were no elected officials involved in the scheme. It was the brainstorm of county fire and LAFCO. There has been a move by our elected board of supervisors to stop the automatic 3% increase this year as well as to cease the collection of this tax until it is voted upon by the people at the special tax rate of 2/3rds to pass. TTG is correct about the school bond fiasco - it only needs 55% which it may well get unless people start to actually see what is being done to their pocketbooks by administrators who are not even elected!!

TwoToeJoe

I never claimed that Sacramento placed the FP-5 tax upon us. My response was to address the supermajority in Sacramento introducing the new constitutional amendment (ACA 1) that lowers the vote threshold from the current two-thirds vote as mandated by Proposition 13 to 55% for new or higher special property taxes to fund infrastructure. Sad enough that non elected officials are imposing additional taxes while those deviates in Sacramento are devising ways to circumvent Proposition 13 and we all know who is behind this. Proposition 39 of 2000 changed the threshold of school bonds from two-thirds vote to 55% to make passage of property tax bonds easier. All public budgets should be open, transparent, and easy to interpret. I do like Vincent Fong's proposed AB62 which requires the entire state budget including the general fund, special funds and federal fund expenditure data to be posted online in an easy to read format. Happy Independence Day everyone!

Dadof4

Even though Ramos is out of office, it was probably his idea. He loves to tax and tax and tax.

Branson Hunter

Okay, thanks guys. I am corrected: 55% for local school districts to pass a partial tax increase measure. The $100K MUSD is pledged from the Tribe is threatening. MUSD understands this and they have nothing to lose. I spent a good amount of time researching top administrator and teachers salaries, etc. Frankly, I tired of clicking through the controllers pages of local MUSD teachers that make $90K and over $100K. Dan Walters -- " With virtually stagnant enrollment, California has increased overall spending and thus per-pupil spending by about 50% in recent years and the Govs first budget raises the latter to $17,160." “Under our estimates of revenues and spending, the state’s constitutional reserve would reach $14.5 billion by the end of 2019-20. In addition, we project the Legislature will have an additional $14.8 billion in resources available to allocate in the 2019-20 budget process." This does not motivate voters to approve foreseeable local school property partial taxes. http://new.vote29.com/blog/school-budgets-squeezed-despite-extraordinary-state-surplus/ It's worth mentionening that the MUSC Superintendent's Department would fund many qualified teachers". For Department: Superintendent K-12 Education: Morongo Unified Year: 2017 Total Superintendent Wages $181,974 Total Retirement & Health Contributions $38, 140 Department Employees 5 Total Wages $479,514 Total Retirement & Health Contribution $141,022 https://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Department.aspx?departmentid=268913&year=2017 example:

Branson Hunter

The MUSD tax discussion is a little off-topic. But it does deal with what is on the minds of many, new taxes. MUSD Superintendent' s Department Employees 5 Total Wages $479,514 Total Retirement & Health Contribution $141,022 https://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Department.aspx?departmentid=268913&year=2017 example:

spearman1ca

How could an elected District Attorney - criminal stuff is what he would deal with - have anything to do with county fire imposing a fee. I call your post "FAKE" news

TwoToeJoe

James C. Ramos, former Board of Supervisor representing the 3rd District who voted for imposition of FP-5 fees. He did so well in instituting the fees that he is now representing the 40th Assembly District. He was replaced with Dawn Lowe who now represents the 3rd District Board of Supervisors. Mike Ramos was the DA. James Ramos will do well in Sacramento with all the other tax-and-spend politicians that dominate the state capital.

spearman1ca

Oops! I always forget that we had two Ramos people. One was the DA the other was in fact a Supervisor my bust TTG.

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