North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District
|The petition to form the North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District is in the mail! If you are registered to vote within the proposed district boundaries, please sign and return the petition as soon as possible. A map of the proposed district is shown below.|
|Currently, fire protection in the Sea Ranch / Annapolis / Stewart’s Point area is provided by The Sea Ranch Volunteer Fire Department (TSRVFD), the Annapolis Volunteer Fire Department (AVFD), and CALFIRE. All funds supporting these operations are from your property taxes, which are currently transferred to Sonoma County Service Area #40 (CSA40). CSA40 in turn contracts with TSRVFD, AVFD, and CALFIRE to provide fire protection.
Surrounded by solvent and efficiently run independent fire districts in Timber Cove, Gualala and Point Arena, our area stands out as the only north coast community not in control of their own destiny (and money).
The service provided by our volunteer and career firefighters is excellent, but the funding mechanism currently in place is not sustainable. For some years, the amount returned from the county (after subtracting their costs) has been less than the costs to contract with CALFIRE, fund the operations of the volunteer fire departments and maintain minimal reserves. If this trend continues, something must change; higher taxes, or changed service. We want to prevent that problem before it occurs.
How do we propose to keep us sustainable in the coming years? We separate from the County Fire Services (CSA40), forming an independent local fire district that contracts directly with CALFIRE and funds our volunteer fire departments.
Why are we forming an independent district? To help insure the sustainability of fire protection in our communities by:
The new district covers the areas served by The Sea Ranch and Annapolis Volunteer Fire Departments with the continued support of CALFIRE. We need a greater than 50% return of the petitions to proceed with the formation with minimal obstacles.
If you want to support local control of your tax dollars for fire protection, please sign and return the petition without delay. There will also be opportunities to sign the petition in person instead of mailing yours in; the first opportunity will be at the Community Services Open House at the Knipp-Stengel Barn on August 8, from 1:00 - 4:00. Thank you for your support!