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Future fire hikes

The proposed increase by the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District has much merit. Placing additional personnel on the front lines provides relief to our existing fire fighters, and to the citizenry at large.

However, while the present budget is in the hands of the voter, this new assessment removes that provision.

If passed, all future assessments in the out-years will be controlled by seven individuals. Pay, benefits, COLAs and other administrative costs will be determined by the NCCFD board.

While the argument may support nullifying $30,000 in taxpayer money every time the district needs a new assessment increase, I find little solace in turning my proxy vote over to a board of directors. Sounds like more big government!

Peter Copeland

Grass Valley

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