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Funding & Governance

Sources of Funding

There are three sources of funding for the Forestville Fire Protection District: On July 8, 2014, the Forestville Fire Protection Board of Directors held a public hearing to set the Special Tax Rate for the Fiscal Year 2014-15. Resolution #14-15-02 was introduced and signed to set the Benefit tax rate at $10 per unit and affirmed the Flat Tax approved by the voters in 2010 (Measure V).

Property Taxes: 71%
Approximately 71% of the District’s operating revenue from property taxes paid by its citizens. The District receives approximately 11% of 1% of the appraised value of each property in the District in tax revenue annually. 

Special Tax: 26%
The District also receives approximately 26% of its revenue from a Special Tax, approved by a two-thirds vote of the District's voters in 1982 as well as a Flat Tax approved by a two-thirds vote the District voters in 2010. The purpose of the Special Tax was for obtaining, furnishing, operating, and maintaining fire suppression equipment or apparatus, and for other necessary fire protection and prevention expenses of the District.

Special Tax Schedule
*One Unit of Benefit =$10.00
 Actual Land Use  
 Maximum Number of Units of Benefit
 Unimproved 1 Unit of Benefit* per acre and/or portion of acre, up to 4 units per parcel
 Residential 4 Units of Benefit per dwelling unit
 Commercial 10 Units of Benefit per acre and/or portion of acre
 Industrial 20 Units of Benefit per acre and/or portion of acre
 Farm Land 4 Units of Benefit per parcel
 Mobile Home 2 Units of Benefit per dwelling unit

Example:  A single family residential home will be assessed 4 Units of Benefit at $10.00 per Unit for a total annual assessment of $40.00 per year. The request for the new Flat Tax was necessary to assist the District in meeting the costs of providing authorized services.

Miscellaneous Sources: 3%
The remaining 3% of District revenue is generated from miscellaneous sources including grants, a lease agreement for the use of a cell tower on District property, donations, interest earned on reserve accounts, and reimbursements for mutual aid responses.

Budget

Governance

The Forestville Fire Protection District is governed by a five member Board of Directors elected by the voters.

Each Board Member serves a 4 year term. Elections occur every two years with either two or three Board positions up for election.

The legal authority for the formation of the District is the Fire District Law of 1987 which is found in the California Health and Safety Code. The District is also bound by other State and Federal Guidelines including the Brown Act.
Throughout California’s history, local legislative bodies have played a vital role in bringing participatory democracy to the citizens of the state. Local legislative bodies -- such as boards, councils and commissions -- are created in recognition of the fact that several minds are better than one, and that through debate and discussion, the best ideas will emerge. The law which guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies is the Ralph M. Brown Act. While local legislative bodies generally are required to hold meetings in open forum, the Brown Act recognizes the need, under limited circumstances, for these bodies to also meet in private in order to carry out their responsibilities in the best interests of the public.
Attend the Board Meetings
The Forestville Fire Protection District Board of Directors meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the District's Fire Station located at 6554 Mirabel Road. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend our Board meetings. 

Agendas for the Board meetings are posted at the fire station and on the community bulletin board in town next to Bank of the West.  Agendas are also available upon request or click on "Agendas" below.