The ballot does not tell you that approval of the bond issue will cause your property taxes to increase. Not transparent. Sneaky really.
Approval of this bond issue will require a property tax increase of about 10 cents.
How many time has Rock Community Fire Protection District (RCFPD) raised tax rates?
1998 - RCFPD added 10 cents to property tax rate
1999 - RCFPD added 5 cents to property tax rate
2000 - RCFPD added 5 cents to property tax rate
2001 - RCFPD added 5 cents to property tax rate
2002 - RCFPD added 2 cents to property tax rate
2003 - RCFPD added 2 cents to property tax rate
2004 - RCFPD added 1 cent to property tax rate
2005 - RCFPD added a half-cent sales tax
The sales tax revenue is equal to about 42 cents of property tax rate. This sales tax require RCFPD to roll back property tax rates.
2006 - RCFDP - no property tax rollback
2007 - RCFPD - no property tax rollback
2008 - RCFPD rolled back about 19 cents
2009 - RCFPD rolled back about 2 cents
2010 - RCFPD rolled back about 1 cent
2011 - RCFPD rolled back about 2 cents
2012 - RCFPD rolled back about 1 cent
2013 - RCFDP asking for additional 10 cents
RCFPD tells you that "taxes you pay to your fire district are the only taxes that save you money on your property insurance rates."
RCFPD fails to mention the 2013 proposed tax increase will not lower your property insurance rates.
Yes, everyone wants excellent fire protection, but at what cost? RCFPD seems to have an insatiable appetite for more tax money. Already, RCFPD services are more costly than most fire services in the metro area.
Please consider voting NO on the Rock Fire bond issue proposal. Enough is enough. They need to better manage their budget.