Wildfire Prevention, Emergency Services and Disaster Readiness Measure
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Designed to Save Lives
As wildfires become more frequent and more destructive, heat events become increasingly common, and climate uncertainties mean more risk of droughts, floods, and extreme weather events, Nevada County must be well prepared for ongoing natural disasters.
Measure V responds to appeals from Nevada County residents for community-wide solutions to better protect their families, homes, and businesses. If passed by the voters, Measure V would generate approximately $12 million annually through a half-cent sales tax for critical emergency services and other general government services. A 1/2% sales tax would add 50 cents to a $100 purchase, and the tax would not be applied to food purchased as groceries or prescription medications. All revenue would be locally controlled with funds that cannot be taken by the state. This general sales tax would end after 10 years.
Remove flammable brush countywide from our roads, neighborhoods, around our cities and town, and near critical infrastructure.
Improve evacuation routes
Get residents out safely and get first responders in quickly during an emergency--when minutes count.
Enhance emergency communications
Improve early warning and 911 response to quickly notify residents during a natural disaster.
Enforce fire safety laws
Help law enforcement keep our parks, forests, trails, and public areas free of illegal campfires and safe for everyone.
Help low-income seniors and people with disabilities
Assist with emergency preparedness, evacuation planning, defensible space, and home hardening.
Provide green waste disposal options
Expand chipping programs, free year-round green waste disposal sites, and burn pile training.
Measure V will raise $12M annually for high-impact projects such as:
$8M to Clear Evacuation Routes
- Protect communities with large-scale fuel breaks
- Provide free year-round green waste disposal sites
- Assist older adults and people with disabilities to clear brush
- Flammable Brush Removal
$3M to Improve Early Warning and Alert Systems
- Enhance local AM/FM radio infrastructure
- Expand shelter capacity for residents, pets, and livestock
- Communications and Disaster Resources
$1M to Create Countywide Disaster Plans
- Expand community education and outreach programs
- Enforce fire safety laws to prevent illegal campfires
Accountability and Transparency Built In
Priorities Recommended by Experts
A Technical Advisory Committee composed of emergency services and other community experts would recommend funding priorities for Supervisors' approval as part of the County's annual budget process.
Funds Monitored by County Residents
The Board-appointed Citizens Oversight Committee would report annually to the public on the receipt and expenditures of Measure V funds.
Revenue Kept Separate
Measure V revenue and expenses would be recorded in separate accounts distinct from other County general funds and would be subject to independent annual audits.
Information Accessible to the Public
Contract opportunities, awards, and audit reports would be posted on a dedicated website.
Measure V Will Be on the November 8, 2022 General Election Ballot
Measure V Ballot Question
To maintain critical County of Nevada services with locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State, such as: wildfire prevention / emergency preparedness; reducing flammable brush countywide; improving evacuation routes; preventing illegal campfires; helping seniors / disabled residents maintain defensible space; enhancing emergency communications, early warning / 911 response; and for general government use; shall the County of Nevada measure establishing 1/2% sales tax, providing $12,000,000 annually for ten years, with citizen oversight /audits, be adopted?
Learn More About Measure V
Laura Petersen, Sierra Sun, September 27, 2022 Read more at the Sierra Sun
Hardy Bullock, Yubanet, August 9, 2022 Read More at Yubanet
Alan Riquelmy, The Union, August 9, 2022 Read more at The Union
KNCO, August 9, 2022 Listen online at KNCO
Heidi Hall, The Union, August 5, 2022 Read more at The Union
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KVMR News, August 3, 2022 Listen Online
R.L. Crabb, The Union, July 29, 2022 Read more at The Union
The Union Editorial Board, July 29, 2022 Read more at The Union
KNCO, July 22, 2022 Listen online at KNCO
Alan Riquelmy, The Union, July 22, 2022 Read more at The Union
Laura Petersen, The Union, July 8, 2022 Learn More
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Laura Petersen, The Union, May 26, 2022 Read more at The Union