I have lived in Yucaipa for over twenty-five years. I am retired from the fire service after thirty-eight years, eight of them as your fire chief. In 2015 I had a heart attack at home while off duty. I experienced a 95% block of my right coronary artery and was dying. fire and paramedic personnel arrived at my home in less than five minutes and administered life saving measures that saved my life.
What is your life worth? Or the life of a loved one? Our fire department paramedics save thousands of lives every year. Yours could be next. Currently revenues aren’t meeting expenses. The choice is simple, we can reduce services at the exact time when the demand for them is increasing exponentially, or we can increase revenue and continue with our current services and enhance our future services. What does a half cent-percent increase in local sales tax mean to those who shop in Yucaipa? For every $10,000 of purchases on taxable items (e.g., over a period of one year, for example), the added cost for purchases made in that year will be $50. Very reasonable life insurance to me.