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Can Measure V Money be Diverted Away from Fire Services?

No, Measure V money is levied by the Fire Authority specifically and only to fund expenses of the member fire departments related to providing fire and emergency response services within their response areas, which extend throughout the county. This money belongs to the Fire Authority member departments as soon as it is received by the County Tax Collector, and is paid to the departments throughout the year on an established schedule. Since this is a “Special Tax” approved by the voters for a specific purpose, the federal government, state or county have no legal access to these fire tax funds other than to receive the per-parcel allocation of the tax for the County Fire Department as discussed above.