The first of seven Town Hall meetings in hopes of educating the public on the proposed $187 parcel tax begins this week. This weeks meeting schedule is as follows:
December 12, 2011, Monday 6:30 pm
Discovery Bay Elementary School
1700 Willow Lake Road, Discovery Bay, 94505
December 13, 2011, Tuesday 6:30 pm
Knighstsen Elementary School
1923 Delta Road, Knightsen, 94548
December 15, 2011, Thursday 6:30 pm
Farm Bureau Building
5554 Clayton Road, Concord, 94521
As someone who would never typically support a tax like this, I find myself rallying behind it for many reasons which it is my hope the Fire District can sway others into seeing the light wit this educational outreach.
I will get into specifics once the education series is complete as to why you should consider supporting this tax, however, below are a few talking point highlights that are important I to consider when making a decision to invest in the community.
- If this parcel tax does not pass, residence had better pray multiple incidents do not occur at one time because there is no chance at a decent response time—you will be forced to wait, and wait, and wait.
- The affects Prop 13 has on taxes collected—it’s inadequate because at the time, East County was a rural area. It’s a history lesson that is important, but rather boring.
- The revenue effect the housing crisis has had on the amount of property taxes collected
- Consider the increase in insurance cost without proper fire coverage—you actually will pay more.
- When one actually digs into their budget and compares it to services provided, they actually do a great job at covering the area with very little resources.
- They have already been responsible to their budget available and made cuts—including layoffs and closing fire stations.
- The media has not reported on many of their incidents — you would be amazed by what truly goes on in East County and the things they deal with.
My hope is that people (not firefighters) fill the room and truly take the staff and board to task. Ask tough questions, trust, but verify. In the end, I think you will see they are doing a wonderful job in such a large coverage area with very little resources.
Does it hurt to have to pay an extra $187 per year? Of course, but without it, the alternative is a lot more expensive and public safety is now compromised.
Let’s do the right thing and get these brave men and woman some assistance by supporting them with this tax.