IL Fire Service Task Force Needs Your Help!
I received a very urgent request for help from State Representative Don Moffitt. It seems that the Governor is using his line item veto powers and might have some fire service money in his sights to cut.
The Moffitt/Smith Fire Service Task Force is calling upon the fire departments in our great state to write Gov. Blagojevich and tell him that we need ALL of the recommendations of the Task Force passed and signed into law. Please take the time to send a letter. For the sake of our fire service. I have attached the letter that I drafted today. Please feel free to use it as a template. And contact me if you have questions. Thank you for your help.
Building a better tomorrow through political action!
The Honorable Rod Blagojevich
Governor of Illinois
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Dear Governor Blagojevich:
I am writing to ask you to please support all of the recommendations of the Moffitt/Smith Fire Service Task Force. Many of the recommendations that were made will directly impact many of the small, rural departments. In fact, their very survival depends on several of the Task Forceís recommendations.
A revolving, zero interest loan program (HB 115) for new fire apparatus is essential to fire departments in our state. Otherwise, they may fail their mission at the time that the alarm is struck due to equipment failures. When your entire operating budget is less than $10,000 a year, itís impossible to purchase a new fire truck without assistance. Interest payments add extraordinary cost to a fire truck; so much so that departments will either repair an old and outdated unit or purchase used, in order to shorten the contract and pay less interest, but in the end, paying more for repairs! This house bill is the most important piece of legislation to date for the small, rural, volunteer fire service.
Exemptions from paying motor fuel tax, inspections by fire departments of new school buildings under construction, increasing the response fees for drunk drivers, increasing the penalties for meth lab criminals, creating incentives for volunteer firefighters and funding first responders for all types of disasters are crucial to our efforts. Every recommendation by the Task Force is necessary.
Mr. Governor; please do not let our fire service fall victim to partisan politics. The Task Force proved that FIRE doesnít care if you are Democrat or Republican; career or volunteer. Both parties answered their call to duty with an enthusiastic spirit of hard work, dedication and cooperation. I implore you to push for the passage of these bi-partisan legislative bills.
Thank you and best wishes for a successful term in office.
President, Board of Trustees
Clover Township Fire Protection District