SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Maria taxpayers are seeing measure U funds pay even more dividends to the city.
More than a dozen new firefighters are starting a new training academy thanks to the tax.
After 12 weeks of training 17 trainees will be out on the streets keeping Santa Maria safe.
“This is very exciting for the Santa Maria Fire Department as we’ve never had an academy this large before,” said Mike Farmer of the Santa Maria Fire Department.
Because measure U passed, the fire department will soon be able get a new engine in station one while providing a higher level of service to the community.
One of the highlights on this first day of training is getting all their equipment issued to them.
“They’re going to get their breathing apparatus and they’re going to get their axes, said Kyle Dodson of the Santa Maria Fire Department.
With 17 new firefighters, the fire department will be able to create a sixth unit to respond to emergencies.
“They’ll be responding to emergency calls and 911. That’s going to be a better service that we will provide. It’s more service that we will be able to provide,” Farmer said.
The one cent sales tax which passed in 2018 is also being used to enhance public safety, youth services, and quality of life.