The parcel tax is off the table in El Monte, although not beause the council members had a change in heart: It’s because the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office said that cities would no longer be allowed to submit consolidation requests for the May 19, 2009 ballot.
To read more, scroll down to page 90 of the staff report for tonight’s meeting.
The proposed parcel tax would have generated $2 million to pay for fire and paramedic services, according to the staff report:
The purpose of the parcel tax was to generate approximately $2 million in additional revenues to pay for fire and paramedic services contracted with the County of Los Angeles and to raise revenues sufficient to avert the planned closure of County Fire Station No. 167 located in the City of El Monte near the intersection of Bryant Road and Peck Road. County Fire Station No.167, whose operational costs are approximately $2 million per year, is home to the County’s only paramedic response unit in the City of El Monte. The closure of Station No. 167 will compel the relocation of the paramedic unit elsewhere within El Monte increased emergency response times for certain parts of the City.