Don't automatically blame the FD for those muli-apparatus code 3 responses to a fender bender. Our county dispatch center asks no questions of the caller when they report an accident about the extent of damage, or if they do we don't get it. I think they want to avoid any liability if they call for a reduced or normal traffic response and then someone turns out to have injuries. In that respect it's hard to blame them.
In some locales, a cat stuck in a tree can bring out a full array of emergency vehicles, the explanation being that "you never know what you are going to find when you get there."
[quote="Dan Billings"]We should privatize fire protection. Get the government out of the business all together.[/quote]
I actually agree with Dan for a change. Privatize fire protection. Addtionally, privatize police protetction. The goobers we have in my hometown need to face reality. I'm sick of paying people who sleep.
I agree on the sleeping bit. Full timers really have a sweet deal, time enough off for a second job, twenty year retirement at two-thirds pay... wish I was young enough to rethink my career choice :)
In reply to a letter in the Star this week (not online, sorry) from a fireman, which stated that the proposed fire station would only cost $1.6M -
Here are the actual proposed costs (source: selectmen's agendas for public hearings on the Nov. 15th special town meeting warrant):
[b]West Kennebunk Fire Station[/b]
WK Fire Station - $1,444,692 ($1M bond, plus $444,692 interest)
[u]Proposed surplus dollars:[/u]
[b]Total for the proposed WK fire station: $2,094,692.00[/b]
It's interesting that some of the proponents can't be bothered with specifics. If it were being paid for strictly from their own finances, hopefully they'd be more careful about accuracy.
It's interesting that some of the proponents can't be bothered with specifics. If it were being paid for strictly from their own finances, hopefully they'd be more careful about accuracy.[/quote]
If you tell someone what you paid for your house do you include the interest cost?
But, Brent, this isn't the same situation. The voters deserve to know the full amount they're being expected to pay if they approve the station. Don't you agree?
It's misleading to have a fireman write a letter supporting the station without being accurate about the proposed cost.
I agree the borrowing costs should be public knowledge but if people are aware the project won't be paid with cash reserves it's not deceitful to advertise it as a 1.6 million dollar project.
The project IS being proposed as partially paid from cash reserves. Thus the "$650K from surplus" I listed above. Surplus being the same as cash reserves. ie, TAX DOLLARS.
Banks are required to disclose the full amount you will pay in their loan documents. This is so people who will be paying for the loan will be fully informed. Sure, I can tell someone what my home cost without disclosing the total, but I can't hide that information from anyone expected to pay the note.
Thank you, Mike. That's what I meant... this is not the same thing as someone paying ME. Rather, we're expected to pay the bills for a whole new facility, and we have the right to proper information, as well as to expect reasonable prudence in how our money is being spent.
You need to know the full amount. Why is it that when it is a government (local or statewide) purchase...do the numbers get "fuzzy".
I don't think the numbers were "fuzzy". If people don't know there is a cost involved in borrowing money they shouldn't be allowed to vote.
You've just taken away the voting rights of about 65% of the population.
The most common accusation we get as a taxpayer group, while trying to educate the public, is that we spread misinformation. I see this as a natural reaction from those who feel threatened when we let the public know what's really going on at town hall or the school district.
However, in consequence of those kinds of accusations, we are diehard scrupulous about checking and re-checking facts and figures very carefully, before we make statements or write letters or flyers. We take this responsibility very seriously.
We have the right to expect the same from those trying to attack our credibility.