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Support our firefighters, back Prop 1 | Guest op

Six years ago, nearly 70 percent of Pacific, Algona and Auburn voters approved creation of the Valley Regional Fire Authority (VRFA).

Included was a modest nominal fee that provides almost one-half of the total funding necessary for support of this essential service.

In the ensuing five years, the VRFA has matured into an effective, capable agency providing quality fire protection and emergency support to all three communities.

We citizens are asked to support Proposition 1, which will provide necessary quality staff and essential equipment. As a concerned citizen who cares a great deal about our community and people, I strongly urge your support in passage of this critical proposition.

Since 2007, FBC funding has allowed our local fire stations to train new personnel, purchase up-to-date equipment and technologies, and improve response times and service levels. Failing to renew this funding system will result in layoffs – meaning fewer firefighters, reductions of response capabilities, slower response times, and elimination of training programs.

These are difficult economic times. Proposition 1 is not a new tax - it is a vote to maintain current funding. By joining me in voting to approve Proposition 1 on Aug. 7, you will guarantee six more years of reliable and efficient service by our Valley Regional firefighters.

Valley Regional Fire Authority Board of Governance, Algona City Council, Auburn City Council, Pacific City Council, Valley Professional Fire Fighters, Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, 31st District Rep. Chris Hurst, 47th District Sen. Joe Fain, and 47th District Rep. candidate Bud Sizemore all support Proposition 1.

Democrats, Republicans and independents agree: we need six more years of efficiency, effectiveness, and safety. Join us on Aug. 7 in voting to approve Proposition 1.

Chuck Booth is a former mayor of Auburn and a concerned citizen.

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