Editor’s note-Due to the election fast approaching I asked the Fire District to respond to the letter submitted by Nedra Reed.
Fire District #1 Response
In response to the letter to the editor regarding the recent brochure from Fire Protection District #1:
The brochure clearly displayed the requested tax increase will be $68 on a $200,000 assessed value home.
Secondly, the pay rate for the proposed chief’s position is yet to be determined. There is a considerable range in salary levels for comparable positions and the board will find a rate appropriate for Fire District #1.
The district is reimbursed for coverage of public properties within Fire District #1.
With respect to how critical were the calls, it is impossible to “rate” how critical a call is or will be, especially if your chimney or home is on fire, a car is rolled over in a ditch somewhere, an illegal fire burning trash, or a false alarm at the school. We respond to them all with the same professional urgency.
Fire District #1 has made every effort to present the facts in an open and forthright manner.
The Board of Commissioners meet monthly on the second Sunday of every month at 8:30 a.m. at the Forks Fire Station, 11 Spartan Ave. The public is encouraged and welcome to attend. Feel free to contact representatives from the district if you are unable to attend the meetings.
Deb Palmer, Secretary
On Behalf of the Board of Commissioners and Volunteers for Fire District #1