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Vote yes on levy | Letter
Ours is not the fire department of 15 years ago when the voters approved the current levy. It can never be. In 2014, the much higher level of service that we all now enjoy, the regulatory environment and inflation of the past 15 years have made the costs what they are. There is no fat here. The proposed replacement levy is actually less than the expiring levy.
The district must remain accountable. Thus, rather than proposing a permanent levy or even another 15-year levy, it has opted to propose a 10-year levy so that the voters can again evaluate the performance and stewardship of the district – sooner than later.
Anyone who objectively studies the Orcas Fire and Rescue budget, who knows the quality and extent of the services it provides, and who understands what is really required to support these services will conclude that it is a bargain.
I am writing this letter as a voter, taxpayer and concerned citizen of our island. I am not endorsing it as a fire commissioner.
We must approve the fire/EMS levy.