Day: May 4, 2012

Vote yes for MCFD Measure

To the Editor: We’re all experiencing higher costs everywhere – the gas pump, grocery store, and even post office. I’m on a fixed income and do not want to pay more taxes. BUT with measure 24-330 I have a choice as to where my money goes. It is also important to know that the firefighters have gone three years with no wage increase like so many of us. I’m voting yes because I know every penny will go direct to providing fire and emergency medical services to those in need in the Marion County Fire District area. David Adams...

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Support fire district, yes on 24-330

To the Editor: As a member of the MCFD#1 Budget Committee I can attest to how hard it is to cut excess when none exists.  It took voluntary demotions and a staff reorganization to save many jobs and attempt to keep level of services the same.  When the dust settled, even with everyone taking a wage cut, it was determined that we could not deliver the same level of services that the public needs and expects without asking for a tax increase.  It’s unfortunate but it’s the responsible thing to do.  There are no extras in what’s being asked.  A continuation of the $.16 local option levy and an additional $.13 per thousand of home valuation will maintain fire and emergency medical services.  Please vote yes on 24-330. Tom Marks...

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Support Measure 24-330

To the Editor: We’re all experiencing higher costs everywhere – the gas pump, grocery store, and even post office.   As with many people, my wife and I have also had to face wage cuts to boot.  With the current economy instead of just going to the voters and simply asking for a levy increase, I appreciate that Marion County Fire District One personnel sat down with management to look at their budget and make some hard choices.  I further appreciate the negotiations which led to the reorganization, streamlining, as well as the wage reductions that resulted in additional savings.  All this helped to save jobs … jobs that are dedicated to helping me and my neighbors, you and your neighbors.  Without these savings, MCFD1 would need to ask for more than .13 to maintain current service levels.  We’re all in this together, vote yes on measure 24-330 and let’s keep our fire stations open and our fire and emergency medical personnel working for us. Mike Welter...

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