Sierra Fire District Seeks Taxes

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The chief of the Sierra Fire Protection District has been given the go ahead to pursue a plan to create a taxing district to fund the agency.

Chief Mike Greene told Washoe County commissioners that higher property taxes would allow three stations along the eastern Sierra
front to remain open. The long-range plan includes new equipment or
a fire station to support the ArrowCreek development south of Reno.

Many who attended Tuesday's meeting supported the plan.

The district was part of the Nevada Division of Forestry. But since its creation in 1950, the district has added about 10,000 people.

In recent years, Reno has annexed a large part of the district's tax base.

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