Today, August 9th at the regular Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted in favor of placing an emergency services sales tax measure on the November 8, 2022 General Election ballot. The measure was amended to include a 10-year sunset date in order to ensure accountability over monies spent and to bring back a MOU (memorandum of understanding) between the Town of Truckee for approval on August 23rd.
The Board of Supervisors confirmed Emergency Preparedness as a board objective earlier this year and support the revenue measure goals of preventing wildfires, reducing flammable brush, improving evacuation routes, enforcing fire safety laws, improving emergency communications and early warning systems and helping low-income seniors and disabled residents maintain defensible space around their homes.
Supervisor Hardy Bullock commented, “This was not an easy decision for me to make. Understanding the needs of east county and my constituents as whole that span east and west was a profound challenge.
Ultimately the solution was not perfect for everyone.
The proposed measure could have been prepared better that incorporated community input earlier on and we, the county team as a whole, are responsible for that. Yet a path towards a solution to a looming existential threat is a solution all the same.
The potential cost of inaction, deferred decisions, or failure is too high. The public will have the opportunity to speak through their vote on an issue that places them in direct risk every day.
If passed by the voters, the responsibility is on the Board of Supervisors to ensure the right work gets done to deliver a solid difference.
Bringing county resources to our biggest challenges is philosophically what I support, doing so isn’t easy but we made the right choice today for a future tomorrow.”
To stay up to date on Supervisor Hardy Bullock’s work on emergency preparedness and other priorities follow him on social media @SupervisorHardyBullock or reach out directly at Hardy.Bullock@nevadacountyca.gov. Learn more about the approved tax measure at readynevadacounty.org/future