• The average Orinda household's annual property tax bill for emergency
services is $1,730; comparable tax
in Moraga and Lafayette are $1,070 and $870,
Including the "fire-flow" parcel tax, Orinda pays 23.8% and Moraga 20.5% of their property taxes to
the county average is 12%. By comparison, the City of Orinda receives only 7.4%
of the property
taxes and the town of Moraga 5.3%.
• Orinda pays $11.5 million in property taxes each year to MOFD
for the 11 firefighter stationed in Orinda.
This equates to $1,050,000 per firefighter. At the same time, Moraga pays $6 million for its 8 firefighters
which equates to $750,000 per firefighter. No one can explain why Orinda pays $300,000 more per firefighter
than Moraga. And this is increasing every year.
• The MOFD annual
budget, over $19 million, is greater than the Orinda ($11 million) and the
Moraga ($6 million) budgets combined. It is also over three times what we pay for police services.
FAIR does not believe there is another community with this allocation of funds.
• The over-funding of MOFD is a
result of increasing property taxes. Since 1997, when MOFD was formed,
Orinda's property taxes to MOFD have increased 134%. In that
same period inflation has gone up 43%.
of all MOFD emergencies are medical calls requiring paramedics and EMTs; not necessarily firefighters.
In 2009, MOFD responded to 1,673 medical incidents and 16 building fires.
average MOFD firefighter costs the district $250,000 per year.
The administration of MOFD costs almost $4,000,000 per year.