WONDER VALLEY — Residents here received written instructions for protesting a county plan that could raise the amount their annual fire protection assessments from $35 to $157.26.
Teresa Sitz, who represents Wonder Valley on the Basin Wide Municipal Advisory Council, provided protest instructions to residents at a community meeting here Saturday, Sept. 15.
Residents have until Oct. 16 to file protests with the county over a proposal to create a uniform fire assessment fee across county communities served by the county fire service.
When the protest period is complete, the county board of directors will determine the value of written protests filed and not withdrawn.
If at least 25 percent of landowners in the affected territory, owning at least 25 percent of the land in the territory, submit valid protests, the proposed will be submitted to voters for their approval.
If protests are received from more than 50 percent of landowners who own at least 50 percent of the assessed value of land within the territory affected, the proposal will be withdrawn.
Sitz organized regular community meetings in the Wonder Valley community center, where she is also the coordinator.
She brought 20 copies of instructions and protest forms for residents who wanted to protest the proposed expansion of Fire Protection Zone 5.
“They will send you the letter but not the form,” she said. “If you want to protest and you need a form I will give one to you.”
Protest forms may be mailed to Service Zone FP-5 Expansion Protest, 157 W 5th Street, Second Flood, San Bernardino, California, 92415-0451 or brought in person to San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, 157 W 5th Street, Second Flood, San Bernardino, California, 92415-0451.
Written protests will be accepted at the hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Covington Chamber of the San Bernardino County Government Center at 385 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.
Residents also heard from representative of Morongo Basin Ambulance and Mercy Air about services provided to the area. After the meeting they got the chance to look through a Mercy Air helicopter which had been landed behind the community center.