Shasta County voters decide on fire, ambulance service tax

Burney voters decide if they will support a tax to fund emergency and fire protection services when they go to the polls on Nov. 8.

If it passes — a “yes” vote passes the tax — Measure B would tax each single-family home up to $75, raising about $238,000 annually for the Burney Fire Protection District which sponsored the measure.

That money would make a “huge difference” whether or not the protection district will be able to hire firefighters and keep up ambulance services, said Fire Chief Robert May.

“This is a critical juncture for the fire district,” May said. 

There are no full time positions at this time. All fire staff are volunteers, and few volunteers are available. The district pays each volunteer $20 per call and the training takes time and energy away from each volunteer’s paying job.