In preparation for the upcoming vote on a proposed 1% sales tax increase to increase funding for county firefighters and law enforcement, Madera County and hired consultant VRPA Technologies, Inc. have scheduled presentations throughout the county.
The vote on Measure L, scheduled for March 7, has drawn debate in the county about whether or not the increase should be approved. Ballots began being mailed out last week.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, a group in favor of the measure, called “Citizens, Firefighters, and Deputies for Measure L,” will do a precinct walk in Oakhurst to discuss the tax increase with voters.
The walk will begin at the Vons parking lot in Oakhurst, and will be hosted by a committee of supporters including off-duty firefighters and sheriff’s deputies.
Food will be provided at the event free of charge.
Those who attend the following meetings are also welcomed to share concerns and ideas to representatives from the county and VRPA:
☆ Feb. 9: Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business luncheon at El Cid’s Restaurant, 12 p.m., 41939 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
☆ Feb. 9: Golden Valley Chamber of Commerce, 6:30 p.m., 37167 Avenue 12, Madera.
☆ Feb. 9: Visit Yosemite | Madera County Visitors Bureau, 3 p.m., 40343 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
☆ Feb. 13: North Fork Community Center, 6:30 p.m., 56900 Kunugib Way, North Fork.
☆ Feb. 14: Chowchilla Lioness Lions Club at Chowchilla Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., 1000 S. 3rd Street, Chowchilla.
☆ Feb. 16: Chowchilla Rotary Club at Farnesi’s Steakhouse, 12 p.m., 230 E. Robertson Boulevard, Chowchilla.
☆ Feb. 16: Oakhurst Community Center, 6:30 p.m., 39800 Fresno Flats Road, Oakhurst.
☆ Feb. 16: Madera Ranchos Kiwanis at Pizza Factory, 6:30 p.m., 37184 Avenue 12, Madera.
☆ Feb. 17: Coarsegold Community Center, 6:30 p.m., 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold.
☆ Feb. 21: Leaders for Christ Training Center, 6:30 p.m., Raymond.
☆ Feb. 21: Kiwanis Club of Sierra Oakhurst at Best Western Yosemite Gateway Restaurant, 12 p.m., 40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
☆ Feb. 23: Town hall meeting at Raymond-Knowles Elementary School, 31828 Road 600, Raymond.
☆ Feb. 28: Town hall meeting at the Blue Heron, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway, Coarsegold.
☆ March 1: Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst at Denny’s, 6 p.m., 40650 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
☆ March 2: Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors, 8:30 a.m., 40298 Junction Drive #B, Oakhurst.
☆ March 4, Oakhurst Democratic Club at Denny’s, 8:30 a.m., 40650 Highway 41, Oakhurst.
Editor’s note: The location of the walk scheduled on Feb. 11 was changed to Vons after this story was first published.