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Fire district to rethink its bid for mill levy increase

To the Editor:

Last week you (Craig Rural Fire Protection District residents) spoke loud and clear when you voted not to increase the Districts mill levy. I have listened to voters since the election and I now have a complete understanding of why 76 percent of votes were against increasing our mill levy. My only regret was talking with friends and not with people I do not know to get their perspective of a mill levy increase prior to the election.

Friends are one of the most valuable assets we have but they will not always be up front. I do not believe it was the voters intent to show a lack of respect for what firefighters do for this community or to issue a “slap in the face to them.” But rather a wake up call telling them, “you can’t always get what you want and disappointments along with adversity are a fact of life.”

It is time that the Craig Rural Fire Protection Board rethinks what is best for the district’s residents and explores every avenue available to ensure our firefighters receive the best training and equipment to protect the lives and property of residents within the district’s boundaries.

Will the district seek a mill levy increase in 2004? I can’t answer that question; it will be the board’s decision. However if the board chooses to resurrect the ballot question in 2004, I assure you it will be discussed many times over internally and publicly, it will be revised to reflect real figures and not crystal ball figures, and it will be made clearly justifiable to all residents.

Please attend our board meeting every third Thursday of each month so you may have a better understanding of the district’s challenges to come. If you cannot attend these meeting please call me to voice your concerns, to share your thoughts or to just simply ask questions.

Tommy Cotton,

Craig Rural Fire Protection District board president

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