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Fire District 4 levy
Consider what the department does

To the Editor:
People have said that they typically do not see many government officials until election season when they want more tax money from the public. I try to be out in the public and accessible all year round but not all of my messages are related to tax issues so I do understand the perception.
As a public servant, I think one of my most important job duties is doing everything I can to assure that our services are always readily available to the public when they find themselves in need of calling 911. Of late this is difficult as we seem to find the need is even greater and folks depend on us to respond without delay.
Many people are not aware that if they receive service from a Fire District, the majority of that service is funded from property taxes, up to 90 percent or more. In many cases the failure of a tax levy proposition truly affects the way a Fire District is able to deliver emergency services to an area.
I would ask you as a voter to look at all of the issues in your community and become as informed as possible. I encourage you to call the agency responsible for any issue and ask questions, but above all, make sure your voice is heard. If you want to voice a stronger opinion, attend a meeting and meet the elected officials.
We exist to serve your emergency needs and are proud to do so.

Ron Simmons
Fire Chief, Fire District 4



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