The argument in favor of Measure F states that approval will simply allow the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to spend up to $40 million in tax revenues it already collects for four more years. The measure does not rack up new taxes or costs.
A state law known as the "Gann limit" effectively caps appropriations for operational expenditures. The current cap of $40 million was approved in 2007, but set to expire at the end of this year. According to the supporting argument, "if the current Gann limit is not maintained then the District will be forced to eliminate a number of existing services including reducing the number of stations in operation."
The district includes Atherton, East Palo Alto and unincorporated areas, as well as Menlo Park.