On December 3rd the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved the County of Los Angeles Fire Department's (County LAFD) parcel tax initiative. The tax will appear before voters on the March 2020 ballot and is titled the "
Los Angeles County Fire District 911 Firefighter/Paramedic Emergency Response Measure
" and we are awaiting an assigned letter to identify the initiative. The measure will place a 6¢ parcel tax per square foot of a building and include a 100,000 square foot cap. This parcel tax will affect all residential development, commercial and industrial buildings. Only exemptions for government and non-profit buildings, and qualifying seniors would apply. If passed, the tax will exist in perpetuity and would only be ended by voter approval.
The tax is estimated to raise $100,000,000 annually and also allows for a 2% or CPI annual adjustment, whichever is less. This initiative would apply to all those in the unincorporated Los Angeles County and 12 other LA County cities who contract with County LAFD. Because this initiative creates a new tax it would require a 2/3rds vote for approval.