Need for Fire District 5 fire station is clear

Fire District 5 is finally planning to build a new station that is adequate for the community’s needs. We out grew or old station several years ago when we expanded to meet the communities needs by having firefighters on staff 24 hour a day and adding a few used vehicles to support the district’s growing needs. We now have vehicles and staff at various locations in Sultan that respond to a station never intended to be continuously occupied by firefighters.

With the economic downturn in 2008, we delayed building the new station as our residents were trying to hang on to their own homes. Unfortunately, with the economic recovery, construction costs also increased significantly. It is important for the community to have a fire station that meets all building code requirements for an actual fire station and not just a pole barn with cots for the night. The district has aggressively been working to reduce construction costs and find additional revenue sources. We have secured $1.5 million from the state to fund part of the station.

I am also a taxpayer looking at my own taxes and wondering is there another way, but bake sales and donations just don’t cover the costs. Interest rates are climbing and constructions cost have been going up 15 percent a year. Now is the right time to build a station. Please vote with me on Proposition 1 for Fire District 5.

Steven Fox

Fire District 5 commissioner

Monroe

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