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authorized by the new levy. ….

authorized by the new levy. ….
Photo by Jay Gamel

authorized by the new levy.

Chief Bellach and the directors have made a preliminary review of the existing parcel classifications and calculate they will generate approximately $330,600 for the

The Kenwood fire station. Fire assessments will increase substantially for most of the residential, commercial, and agricultural parcels taxed; however, they are in line with similar rates countywide.

district’s 2023-2024 budget.

The county determines the square foot number for residential and commercial parcels using information filed with Permit Sonoma when structures are built or modified. Not all parcels have been updated to reflect homes lost to the 2017 and 2020 fires that may not have been replaced, while others may have been rebuilt with higher or lower square footages. Mailing addresses and other information may need to be updated as well.

Chief Bellach will help parcel owners update their tax information; however, the Sonoma County Assessor’s Office assigns the use codes that determine the tax rates applied. That office can be reached at (707) 565-1888.

Firehouse sign

The rough wooden box announcing the Kenwood Firefighters’ Association (KFA) Father’s Day Breakfast on June 19 at the corner of Sonoma Highway and Randolph Avenue has drawn some attention from passersby in the past couple of weeks. It is a life-size placeholder for a new LED informational sign that has been funded with a grant secured by the KFA. Similar signs are already in place in Glen Ellen and Sonoma.

Arnold Drive commuters have seen a similar sign at Altimira Middle School for years, though we are assured the new signs will not be nearly as bright at night. The new sign will be used to post emergency notices, fire danger levels, and community messages.

The wooden sign is being moved around to work out the best place to put the sign for everyone: fire trucks, school parents, and general traffic at the busy intersection. It should be in place this year.

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