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Letters support fire assessment

We go to great lengths to protect ourselves, family, friends and property, but what happens in the event of a serious medical emergency or an accident or a fire? We ask for immediate assistance from the EMTs or firefighters of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District. These people are dedicated to responding to life- and property-threatening situations.

In the past, the fire districts were entirely funded by a share of the property tax. Through the years, they added critical services, such as emergency medical technicians and paid professional firefighters, while their share of the property tax dropped (to pay for increasing costs of schools and other services). Thus the burden fell on the public to decide the level of service it wants. Everyone expects the highest level of protection possible. The NCCFD has done an excellent job of providing such a service. But with increasing population and costs, they need increased funding.

Please act now. Vote FOR the fire benefit assessment. It’s the most cost-effective way to protect our most valuable assets.

If you haven’t seen their brochure describing who they are, what they do and why they proposed the assessment, call them at (530) 273-3158.

Jerry Sakai

President, Banner Mountain

Homeowners Association

Nevada City

We have owned property here in Nevada County for the past 30 years. We are now retired and have had personal experience with the excellent professional help from our fire department on several occasions. We have seen the fire department’s speedy response to a serious fire at our next-door neighbor’s place. It could have gotten out or hand and destroyed our home, but the fire department got it quenched quickly. A neighbor’s fire can rapidly become the neighborhood’s fire.

The NCCDF fire benefit assessment increase from $59 to $89 is a good investment to account for the home growth that we have seen in this high fire danger area over the past 30 years.

The assessment will allow the hiring of 12 additional full-time firefighters and enable 24-hour staffing of stations in Alta Sierra and Banner Mountain.

If the assessment does not pass, nine firefighters will be laid off and two fire stations closed. We urge you to vote YES for the fire benefit assessment.

Orville and Helen Hart

Nevada City

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