Letter Writer Expresses ‘Whole-Hearted Support for Measure U’
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I am writing to express my whole-hearted support for Measure U, Garberville Fire Protection District’s proposal for an expanded district and parcel tax. This is long overdue! Nearly 70% of GFPD’s responses are outside the district’s boundaries. It’s truly remarkable that Garberville Fire has done so much with so little for so long.
The requested parcel tax is modest and comparable to other fire districts in SoHum. The additional revenue will provide for upgrades with equipment and training, annexation of Sprowel Creek Fire Company (with fire station and truck), establish a Benbow fire station and crew, and allow for better staffing of the Garberville station. This is not an overreach of power; GFPD has been providing these outlying areas with “goodwill” services for years without the benefit of taxpayer support.
Being part of a fire district offers many benefits: Fire insurance will be more available and more affordable. Response time will be faster. And most likely, the person who responds to your emergency will be someone with whom you are familiar and they with you; not a stranger. Outside of a district, CAL FIRE will usually respond – if available – but they are not responsible for structure protection, medical issues or rescue needs. Their focus is wildfires.
Although I reside in the Briceland Fire Protection District, I use the services of the greater Garberville community and I want it to be safe and well prepared for emergencies. Please join me in supporting this very important initiative. And voters within the proposed district please vote YES for Measure U on March 7.
“Friends of Garberville Fire” has set up a wonderful website with tons of information, including a detailed list of the parcel tax rates (varies with property use) and a search engine to find your rate: friendsofgfpd.com