Editor’s note: This letter is published behind a “paywall” in The Union this morning. You can read it here for free:
Board of Directors
Nevada County Consolidate Fire District
11329 McCourtney Road,
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Via U.S. Certified Mail
Re: Ballot Measure
This letter is in response to your recent Ballot Measure to increase funding for your District. While I recognize your perceived need for more money, I do not recognize your methods to obtain those monies. I must state that this was an invalid method in which you proceeded to attain a vote of those to be polled. This was not a legitimate Ballot Measure!
The Ballot Measure, as instituted, would levy an additional annual fee on each property owner in the District… No problem here!
BUT, You purposely did not allow the property owners to participate in this process! BIG PROBLEM HERE.
The property owners have the right to vote on that Ballot Measure. NO QUESTION HERE!………. (Remember that Old saying; “No Taxation without Representation”?)
You erroneously put forth this Ballot Measure not to the property owners, but instead to registered voters only! These registered voters are not the same people who would be responsible to pay this additional fee. Therefore, this Ballot Measure is invalid.
The very nature of this Nation is the right to vote on fees and issues that affect each and every one of us as citizens of these United States. Your Board, for whatever reason, has elected to bypass these basic principles. In doing so, your Ballot Measure is illegal and the property owners are not obligated to pay these fraudulent fees and may legally deny any collection effort by Consolidate Fire District
In view of your action, I demand that the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District declare the Ballot Measure “Null and Void” and re-submit this measure to the correct voters within your District for a proper and legal vote. Those would be the legal owners of each parcel as it appears on the County Assessor tax rolls within your District.
NCCFD Board Ltr
March 25, 2012
Redistributing the ballots and polling the correct voters would not be a burdensome task as you already have on files the correct names and addresses of each property/parcel owner. You currently send them a bill for existing fees.
Please advise when this re-balloting can be accomplished.
Charles H. Shea
A Concerned Citizen
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