District Finances

Our police district delivered excellent service on a tight budget with strong backing from the community, until this last board took office in Jan 2017. This has eroded under the current board majority, but it can be rebuilt again.

This page explains how the Police District gets less money than the Fire District, so that you can appreciate how well it has been historically run.

How your taxes are applied

Because Kensington is an unincorporated town, we pay all our taxes to Contra Costa County. The County then pays the two Special Districts (Fire and Police) their share of the revenue.

Breakdown of Ad Valorum Taxes, by <a href="https://www.kppcsd.org/ad-hoc-committee-documents">2016 Ad hoc Committee</a> (pg. 78)
Breakdown of Ad Valorum Taxes, by 2016 Ad hoc Committee (pg. 78)

Only 13% of your ad valorem property tax goes to the Police Board, while 30% goes to the Fire Board. The difference is then partially made up by special taxes fixed per parcel.

While it may look like you pay more for police services on your property tax bill (because of the two named police special taxes instituted to correct the discrepancy), in fact the Police District takes in approximately $500,000 dollars a year less than the Fire District. This has been true since 2006.

In addition, the Police District provides three community services - Police, Park & Rec, and Solid Waste.

The District has had to run a very tight ship because of our structural issues. We’ve had to learn how to fix our own problems.

Yes we have a challenge. Contracting out does not fix this challenge. We’ve gone to the polls five times to successfully fix this challenge. One more time could fix it forever. We are especially equipped to solve these problems, whereas El Cerrito is nearly bankrupt.


  • Prop 13 creates inequitable revenue and requires tight ship
  • Challenge: the original special tax does not keep up with inflation
  • Solution: add a measure G type inflation-escalator to the original 1980 special tax = fixed forever