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Vote no on increased taxes for Red, White and Blue Fire Department

DEAN COOPER, BLUE RIVER

I was interested to find a notice in my mailbox the other day concerning an election on May 2 for the Red, White and Blue Fire Department to raise our taxes by another $987,000. If I understand the notice, and recent history correctly, that means the Fire Department has already increased my taxes once in the last five years, and now spends close to $5 million per year on fire protection. In the last decade, this money has apparently been used to buy two very pretty new fire stations, some nice brand-new red trucks, and to hire lots of people who live somewhere else to replace my friends in town who used to volunteer for free. Based on the newspaper reports, most of this money is needed for a new boiler, and to hire more people so I don’t have to wait a whole 9-12 minutes for the paramedics from the county ambulance I already pay for. Again, if I’ve got the math right, this means that in 2006, we’ve paid $1.2 million (through the first quarter) so far this year to have the Fire Department bear witness to one house blown to smithereens here in Blue River, while they run around getting busier and busier duplicating medical response services and growing their enormously expensive jobs program. Perhaps they could learn to consolidate services, spend their money more wisely, and reduce their overhead like the Lake Dillon Fire Department has done? Vote no on May 2 to stop the insanity!


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