Saturday, April 10, 2010

Campaign Bike Rides Again....

It had good luck in the last presidential election, and then again defeating Tim Eyman's most recent kookoo plot.

The EMS levy has been approved, every six years, since 1980. It funds a big chunk of the fire department. The cost continues to be 50 cents per $1000 of home value or $50 per year per $100,000 of home value. If it's not approved, in January we will probably lose about a third of our firefighters and three to five of our 14 fire stations would have to be shut down. Also, insurance premiums would increase.

The other option if it doesn't pass, I suppose, would be to severely cut into other city budgets to keep Spokane's fire department going. That would not be good either. Studies show that people's choice to live in a city is based on public safety, quality of life and educational opportunities.

Compared to other departments in the state, Spokane's citizens get a lot of bang for their buck. We've got the busiest engine in the state and the department's call volume is huge. Here's a link that shows how Spokane's citizens' tax dollars are used compared to other cities.

Back in the 80s, there were over 80 firefighters on duty every shift. When I was hired, over ten years ago, we were pushing 70 on duty. Now we are in the 50s. And over this time, our call volume has doubled. The EMS Levy enables us to continue operating in this mode.

If you are interested, here is a link to the YES EMS website.

Thanks for listening to my shameless plug.


Rob Brewer said...

Good luck with the vote. My ballot is ready to mail.

Just for fun, check out this site:

One million strong against Socialist Firefighters and their Commie firetrucks (you know, because they're red.) Should be good for a laugh if you haven't already seen it.

EvilElf said...

Thanks Rob. I love the link. In fact, I bought a t-shirt from these guys and wore it last week. The shirt says, "Stop Socialism! No socialized police care, fire care, library care, etc."

It sure makes you think how wacky it is that they think Obama's plan to make people buy insurance from private companies is socialist. Weird!

Director said...

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