10-13-2013, 10:48 AM #26
I live in a rural farming/ranching area, not an especially wealthy region. We have land owners that would gladly pay more tax to better fund the fire dept. In fact they were willing to have their property tax raised to provide work comp for us until the Governor told them they could not as he would not allow any new taxes under his watch(democrat).
A tax district is the only fair way to fund a volunteer fire department. Under our system a small number of people fund the dept. (donate at fund raisers.) while a great many benefit. The road dept. buys a new grader every year and I have to beg to get a new tire for the tender.
It might be better if we all hated this job, we would not be willing to give so much.The fire service is about service to our fellow man.
There is a trust that must not be broken and we are the keepers of that trust.
Captain Dave LeBlanc
10-14-2013, 02:41 PM #27
Typically around here departments have "members" and "firefighters".
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