Note: Vince wells made this post on his Facebook page yesterday which offers a quick look at some of the consequences of voters rejecting the proposed parcel tax. I am sure Mr. Wells could have given a much longer explanation of the consequences, but this is a good overview. Below his post, is information on the Parcel Tax provided by the Contra Costa Professional Firefighters.
By Vince Wells
President, Local 1230
Contra Costa Professional Firefighters
We have talked to members of the insurance community regarding home owners insurance. It is clear that the cost of your home owners insurance is based on the proximity and capability of your local fire department. The East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District covers 250 square miles and protects over 100, 000 citizens. If Measure S fails, they will close 3 of the remaining 6 district fire stations. This means from 8 to 9 firefighters on duty per day to cover the territory mentioned above.
These closures will have a significant impact on response capabilities of the fire district therefore impacting response times and the rates charged for fire insurance in the affected areas. The rate increase can be very significant and well above the amount proposed in the parcel tax initiative.
Ask the community of Morgan Territory what happened to them when their station was closed. They were able to come to the Fire Board meeting and demand that their station be opened when this happened to them. This will not be the case if Measure S fails.
There will be no money to open the stations back up once folks realize that their insurance companies have denied further coverage, demanded full payment of home loans, or quadrupled their insurance rates. You will be stuck with the consequences for a while before the parcel tax could be represented to the voters for a revote. Please stay informed regarding this issue. Not only can it cost you life or property via a fire or medical emergency, it can cost you a lot more then the $197.00 a year.
Not a “scare tactic” but a fact!
For more information, visit http://www.protecteastcountyfire.com/
Help Protect East Contra Costa County’s Fire and Emergency Services
Vote Yes on Measure S by mail or on June 5th!
In an emergency, seconds count. When a fire is raging or an accident happens, every minute of response time is critical. That’s why it’s so important to vote yes on Measure S – to make sure critical firefighter, fire paramedic, and other emergency response services are there when we need it.
Without Measure S, 50% of our firefighters will be laid off and 3 fire stations will be closed. That leaves only 8 firefighters daily to serve the 105,000 residents and approximately 6,000 service calls each year. It will take much longer for emergency workers to get to life-saving care in a fire or accident. Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island, Knightsen, Byron, Marsh Creek, and Morgan Territory depend on these critical emergency services.
Without Measure S, homeowners insurance could go up as much as four times current rates. Measure S will stop significant rate increases in homeowner insurance and ensure we have fire protection and emergency response services to keep us safe.
Measure S is a $197 parcel tax that is part of a well-balanced, responsible plan to bring financial stability to the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The Fire District has operated for as long as possible with significantly less funding than neighboring districts. They left positions unfilled, eliminated administrative positions, deferred critical repairs, and closed fire stations. Measure S creates a local source of funding for our fire and emergency services that will sunset in 10 years. All revenue will stay in East County and can’t be taken away because of state budget cuts.
Measure S will allow us to:
• Maintain emergency response times to 911 calls;
• Avoid closing stations and laying off firefighters;
• Stop deep cuts to emergency response services; and
• Ensure our firefighters have the equipment needed to help you in an emergency.
Make sure emergency help is there for you when you need it. Join us and vote YES on Measure S.