I am a lifelong resident of the city of Monroe. My family has lived in Monroe since the 1930s and I am currently raising my kids in this community. For the past 23 years, I have been a volunteer firefighter with Monroe Fire District No. 3. Having lived here for so long, I often encounter friends, neighbors and family members in need of emergency assistance. Having a well-staffed and professional combination fire department (both career and volunteer) is a great community assist that I am proud to be a part of. Now the Monroe Fire Department needs our help! Property tax revenue from the declining housing market will force a reduction in staffing of 12 career and six part-time firefighters, bringing staffing levels back to 1997. We need to maintain this vital protection of our families and homes. Voting yes for the upcoming levy will maintain current staffing and ensure when you need a paramedic or a house fire response they are only minutes away. In the fire service, minutes count.
As a former member of the Monroe City Council, a full-time police officer and a local volunteer firefighter, I urge you to vote yes. If you have questions or don’t understand the issues, ask! Once you are educated on this issue, I am sure you will join me in supporting your Fire Department.