Why is the County proposing a general sales tax and not a special purpose parcel tax?

The benefit of a general sales tax is that it allows the County to take an all-hazards approach to emergency planning and prevention that is responsive to immediate public safety needs. 

The County can use these locally controlled funds to “match” state and federal funds for new projects like large-scale shaded fuel break projects. 

It also allows the County the flexibility to innovate new solutions to reduce the threat of illegal camping such as pairing law enforcement with social workers to help navigate unhoused individuals out of unsafe conditions in the woods, especially on red-flag fire warning days. 

An all-hazards approach engages law enforcement and first responders, public works and private contractors, social services and community-based organizations in a community-wide effort to improve our emergency services and disaster readiness. 

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1. What is Ready Nevada County: Preparing for the Future all about?
2. What community priorities have we heard so far?
3. What public safety needs must be addressed?
4. What about illegal camping and campfires?
5. Why do you want my feedback?
6. Why is the County proposing a tax measure now?
7. Why is additional funding needed? Hasn’t Nevada County been successful in millions of dollars of grant and congressional funding for these projects in our community?
8. Why is the County trying to raise our taxes?
9. Why are you trying to raise taxes when inflation is already making it difficult to afford essentials like food and gas?
10. How will a ½ cent sales tax impact my budget?
11. Why can’t the County live within its means like the rest of us?
12. What kinds of projects and services would the tax measure fund?
13. How will you choose which projects to fund? Will the tax measure fund projects in my neighborhood?
14. How will residents know that tax funds are being used appropriately?
15. Why is the County proposing a general sales tax and not a special purpose parcel tax?
16. What has the County done to get input from stakeholders like the cities or town? Were fire officials involved in these conversations?
17. How has the County included residents in the conversation around emergency services priorities?