Solano voters will see ‘fire tax’ measure on November ballot

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By Todd R. Hansen
McNaughton Media

Solano County voters will not be asked until November to consider a general eighth-cent sales tax increase for wildfire safety needs.

The Solano Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted not to place the measure on the June 7 ballot, hoping instead to get the support from city fire chiefs and firefighter unions in developing a plan on how best to use the estimated $9 million in annual revenue the tax would generate.

However, there was been talk about going “bigger and bolder” with a more comprehensive and likely more expensive plan, which could require a higher tax increase.

An increase was not specifically discussed, but use of American Rescue Plan Act funding and possibly other sources to offset the extra costs was raised.

The county board has until July 26 to introduce the ordinance setting the ballot language, and until Aug. 12 to make a final decision to meet the ballot deadline for Nov. 8.

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