Community Services District Wants to Increase Property Taxes?

July 25, 2017 - At the last Community Service District (CSD) meeting, Directors Vickie Paulsen and Paula Deel proposed an increase in Newberry Springs property assessments to support District "improvements" which would ostensibly include creating a more or less professional fire department headed by the existing Fire Chief, Steve Miller, who is known to enthusiastically support such a move.

 

The CSD is a publicly elected arm of California State currently charged with financing and managing the Newberry Volunteer Fire Department, parks and recreation, and street lights.

In response to the proposed increase, Fred Stearn, a long-time active local resident and realtor posted this sign at his Newberry office opposing the proposal.

But according to the minutes of the Newberry Springs Economic Development Assocation (NSEDA) it was not the Fire Department that was responsible for the tax increase proposal, Vickie and Paula having, as NSEDA officers as well as publicly elected Directors of the CSD, included in the NSEDA minutes that it would be good thing to increase taxes for economic development purposes, whatever that happens to mean, not Fire Department improvements.

In any form such a proposal is poison to most property owners, many of whom are not only amazed that Newberry elected officials would be so naive as to raise the issue in a small town public forum, but to use the volunteer Fire Department as a scapegoat for such a suggestion.