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Will Manteca pay $6 a year for fire service?
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Lathrop-Manteca Fire District leaders will know exactly how two votes are being cast in the parcel tax election two days prior to the official count.

That’s because the Manteca City Council will decide Tuesday how to cast the two votes they have in the election designed to raise almost $1.1 million annually. That would allow the district to hire back four firefighters and to avoid closing or “browning out” out one of their four stations including two that sometimes serve as first response to emergencies within Manteca’s city limits.

The city has two parcels within the fire district. One is associated with right-of-way on the northwest corner of the intersection of Cottage and Louise avenues. The other is a segment of the Tidewater Bikeway adjacent to Joseph Road.

The maximum tax is $3 per parcel. So if the City Council votes in the affirmative, it will impact the general fund by $6 a year in fire district parcel taxes.

The council meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Manteca Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

The mail-in ballot asks property owners within the 100-square-mile district if they’re willing to pay an annual fee to maintain service levels. The assessment on a 2,300-square-foot home is $49 a year. That’s based on a $3-per-parcel fee plus two cents per square foot of the structure.

There are different assessments on multi-family, commercial, industrial and agricultural land.

The ballots will be tabulated at Thursday’s fire board meeting.