Countywide Wildfire Prevention Initiative

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 9/24/2019

Preview

Shortly after convening at 9 a.m., the Board will hear an update from the County Administrator staff on the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority and Parcel Tax Initiative. In response to the need for a coordinated countywide coalition to prepare for wildfire risk, all 19 Marin County fire agencies and municipal governments have proposed creation of a new joint powers authority (JPA) agreement that could be – with voter approval – the source of funding for local wildfire prevention efforts. The measure, a special parcel tax, would be considered by countywide voters in March 2020 and raise approximately $20 million per year. Staff recommends that the Board adopt a resolution authorizing the County’s participation in the JPA, direct staff to seek approval of the JPA from all fire-responsible agencies, and in November consider placing the parcel tax on the March 2020 ballot.

Review

The Board heard the update, adopted a resolution authorizing the County's participation in the JPA, directed staff to seek approval of the JPA from all fire-responsible agencies, and in November will consider placing the parcel tax on the March 2020 ballot.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority.

Contact: Jason Weber, Chief, Marin County Fire Department

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