Lake Tahoe Community Backs Fire Tax After Devastating Wildfire

Four months after Lake Tahoe's largest recorded wildland fire, Incline Village property owners have overwhelmingly voted to pay an annual assessment to improve fire safety on the lake's north shore.

A total of 38-hundred-73 voters approved the assessment while 15-hundred-89 voters rejected it.

The tax is expected to generate 625-thousand dollars a year for expansion of the North Tahoe Fire Protection District's chipping and fuels reduction programs, and defensible space inspections.

The revenue also will be used to modernize communications systems, contract water-dropping helicopters and plan neighborhood evacuation routes.

Approval of the tax follows a three-thousand-acre wildfire in
June that destroyed 254 homes on Lake Tahoe's south shore.

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