The extra revenue would be used to build two new firehouses, add 24 firefighters to staff them, buy new equipment and improve training.
For example, he said, there are plans for 14 new subdivisions in the district's 88 square miles.
"We have some pockets of our district that just have unacceptable response times," Schneider said.
He said the tax hike --
The bond issue, Proposition F, requires four-sevenths majority approval and would trigger an additional property tax increase of 2 to
The district's pitch to voters follows a year of turmoil, which included the purge of the former chief and three other senior officers.
The leadership shift followed a financial audit that said the district could be out of money by the end of this year if changes weren't made.
Schneider said the two new fire stations financed by the bond issue would be in the district's north end near
They would be in addition to the district's three current houses, two of which would eventually be replaced. The bond issue also would pay for three new pumper trucks, two new ladder trucks and other equipment.
Plans also call for the new firefighters to be hired to be cross-trained as paramedics. The goal, Schneider said, is to outfit all the district's fire trucks with advanced life support equipment.
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