L.A. County to Weigh Parcel Tax Measure

Los Angeles County voters may be asked to pay an additional 6 cents per square foot of property to help bolster firefighting efforts in Southern California.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on whether to place the measure on the March 2020 ballot this week. It would raise an estimated $130 million a year for new fire personnel, equipment, and improved emergency response technology.

The ballot measure is being considered amid another epic SoCal fire season. Firefighter overtime spending is up 40% and medical emergency calls have increased 60% since 2008, according to the Los Angeles Times

The new parcel tax would apply to communities that rely on the Los Angeles County Fire Department for services. That excludes cities like Culver City, Pasadena, and Los Angeles, which have their own fire departments.