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Yes on fire levy | Letter

April 13, 2014 · Updated 1:47 PM

After prudent review, We, Local 3911 (the Paramedics and Firefighters of Orcas Island Fire & Rescue), endorse the proposed Fire/EMS levy. We support the maintenance of the property tax levy because it is the most fiscally responsible use of public funds.

Providing emergency medical services and fire protection has become more costly, as federal and state laws, as well as industry standards, dictate stricter guidelines.  The resources required to provide these services to an island community without a hospital are much more demanding. We pride ourselves in providing emergency care and fire protection above expected standards while maintaining a competitive budget.  The levy is the primary source of funding, and it is imperative to secure these funds to maintain this high-level of service.

Voter approval of Proposition No. 1 is necessary to maintain the quality of care our community has come to expect. We petition our friends and neighbors to help support the essential funding and prolong the paragon of service while continuing judicious use of tax funds.  Please consider voting YES on Proposition No. 1, for the Fire/EMS Levy.

With great respect and appreciation,

Local 3911, the Paramedics and Firefighters of Orcas Island Fire & Rescue

President Patrick Shepler, Secretary/Treasurer Chad Kimple, Jack DeLisle, Nick Kiniski, Scott Williams, Bryce Hamilton


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