Like a lot of citizens, I opened my latest tax assessment with mixed feelings. Home and land values: Down. My tax liability: Down.
My decreased tax bill, however, means someone else is taking a hit. Monroe’s Fire District 3 is a prime example. Since they are funded with tax dollars that are calculated with a “per thousand of property value,” their operating income is now projecting a 39 percent reduction. They are not asking for an amount that would take them back to pre-recession rates, only $14.40 per month to maintain the current level of service we’ve come to rely on.
This year, as in the past, I know of many citizens who were glad Monroe Fire was well equipped to respond to thousands of life-threatening aid, fire and collision calls. I do not want to envision what a 39 percent cut to staff, equipment needs and active rigs on the road would mean to public safety statistics.
I hope you will join me by investing in a service that yields a high rate of safety, security and piece of mind.
Vote yes for Monroe Fire!