As California’s insurance commissioner, I am concerned that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is facing serious budget shortfalls that could significantly impact your homeowner’s insurance rates.
Measure S on the June 5 ballot will protect your current fire protection service. Most insurance companies use a Public Protection Classification program that evaluates key areas of fire protection, including emergency communications, water supply and the fire department (adequacy of equipment, sufficient staffing, evaluation of training, existence of automatic aid and geographic distribution of fire companies).
Without Measure S, 50 percent of firefighters will be laid off and three fire stations will be closed. That leaves only eight firefighters daily to service the 105,000 residents and approximately 6,000 service calls each year.
And if emergency response times go up, it could affect your Public Protection Class ratings and increase your homeowner’s insurance rates.
Measure S will give the fire district the funding it desperately needs to maintain critical fire protection. An annual parcel tax of $197 (just 50 cents a day) will ensure adequate fire and emergency response services, and stop your insurance premiums from skyrocketing. I urge you to vote Yes on Measure S.
California Insurance Commissioner