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Assessment answers

I was concerned. The Other Voices opinion in The Union Thursday (“Questions about fire assessment”) prompted me to make some phone calls. Here’s what I learned.

The author claimed that this is some kind of secret ballot and that the ballots are being stored and counted by the NCCFD. This is simply not true. The reason that the ballots must be signed is that the California Constitution requires it (just like absentee ballots). Furthermore, the ballots are being mailed to the Post Office box of a local CPA (McSweeney and Assoc.) and counted in public session by another firm.

The author also claimed that, due to legal restrictions, this assessment would have no impact on medical emergencies. Wrong again. The assessment money may be intended to ensure an average six-minute response to a structure fire, but guess what? If our responders can make it to a structure fire in six minutes, they can also make it to a heart attack victim in six minutes.

There is no “do over.” If we do not pass this assessment, our emergency responders will be less equipped to help us in times of need. Please join me in voting yes on the Fire Benefit Assessment.

Brian Peasley

Nevada City

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