[Marin County] Fire officials pitch tax for wildfire prevention

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

Marin fire officials are making their rounds to the county’s 19 local fire agencies to pitch the case for a countywide wildfire prevention authority, outlining a proposed governance structure and annual funding plan. 

“The work that needs to be done to actually make a difference in how fires burn in Marin is significant,” battalion chief Christie Neill told directors of the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District last week. “A coordinated effort is critical.” 

[Marin County] Letter to the editor: Could a task force review all special districts?

Blog note: this letter references the grand jury.

I rarely agree with Independent Journal political columnist Dick Spotswood’s opinions, but I completely agree with his column on special districts (“Marin education board would be good start in cutting special districts, Aug. 18).

Special districts were established historically from perceived needs for limited-purpose entities separate from other local governments. These histories are irrelevant in the 21st century. The idea seems to have taken particular hold in the West, although they exist nationwide.

[Marin County] Marin supervisors back wildfire tax for March ballot

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

Marin County supervisors voiced their support Tuesday for a wildfire prevention initiative that would create a new property tax to raise $20 million annually and a new joint powers authority to oversee the effort.

The initiative is the brainchild of a coalition that includes all of Marin County’s fire agencies and municipal governments. The coalition is seeking to put the parcel tax measure, envisioned to be about 11 cents per square foot, on the March 2020 ballot.

[Marin County] Marin schools anti-vaping grant: Nearly $500K a year through 2022

Blog note: this article references a grand jury report.

As Marin students return to school, educators and health officials are hoping nearly $500,000 in state grants announced this month will help them curb the rise in youth vaping.

The Novato Unified, Tamalpais Union and Ross Valley school districts will share the award, which will be distributed annually for three years. The tobacco-use prevention education grants from the California Department of Education award Novato Unified $130,278; Tam Union, $224,100 and Ross Valley, $114,737.