The plan would include paying for that work with a loan before the agency sees its first round of funding in December from a new property tax levied on
The agency, created last year by the county
"Fire season is not going to wait for our committee," said
The agency's members, which include nearly all of
One consideration for this year is a
In his proposal, Shortall noted that "the combination of a particularly dry winter and the coronavirus pandemic will complicate hazard mitigation efforts and strain resources statewide." He said vegetation clearing crews might be less effective due to social distancing requirements, and the possibility of firefighters becoming sick with COVID-19 could reduce staffing.
"In the face of a potential shortage of healthy firefighters," he said, "fire prevention work, such as clearing vegetation around homes and evacuation routes, is more critical this year than ever before."
The agency is also set to begin hiring staff, including about 20 seasonal workers to inspect private properties throughout the county for fire safety, according to
Officials discussed the possibility of paying for this year's costs by applying for a dry period funding loan through the
Measure C, a property tax that voters approved in March, is expected to generate about
On average, property owners will pay
Low-income seniors can qualify for an exemption to the tax. According to Weber, an application for that exemption will be posted later this month on the agency's website at marinwildfire.org.
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