Vote yes on assessment |

Vote yes on assessment

A recent contributor to “Letters to the editor” pointed out that last year’s consolidation between 49er Fire and NCCFD was based on cost savings. True! The consolidation also enabled staffing the Coyote Street station 24 hours a day with two firefighters, improved response times up to 50 percent and resulted in additional equipment from other district fire stations responding immediately to emergency calls.

In 2002, 49er Fire’s board proposed a fire tax increase from $59 to $113, which was not approved. Because of cost savings from the merger, NCCFD is now requesting an increase to only $89 to hire 12 additional full-time firefighters, to enable 24 hour staffing of stations in Alta Sierra and on Banner Mountain and to improve response times with more firefighters, which is critical in our high fire danger area.

The question we face today is about the quality of fire and rescue services we need and how we will fund them going forward. If the assessment does not pass, nine firefighters will be laid off and two fire stations closed.

Eighty-nine dollars a year is a very reasonable price to pay for emergency services.

I strongly encourage you to vote yes on the Fire Benefit Assessment.

Fred Buhler

Nevada City

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