Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Letter to the editor

As I said last week, please send in letters to the editor to the Spokesman-Review in support of the EMS Levy. If they don't publish them, I will put them on the blog. Here's the first one that I know of that they didn't publish:

You probably recently received a ballot asking you to decide on continuing the EMS Levy. Your Spokane firefighters are asking you to vote YES on this proposition. This levy was first approved in 1980, and has been approved every six years by Spokane voters.

The levy continues a 50 cent assessment per $1000 of home value. In other words, a $100,000 dollar home gets assessed $50 per year. Every Spokane firefighter pulls double duty as an EMT or paramedic. The EMS levy is the sole funding for up to 90 firefighters, well over a third of us.

Because this is a levy, just a simple majority saying, “yes” will not be enough to assure the majority’s will. We need over 60% approval to continue the EMS levy and continue this current funding for the fire department. That’s why your vote is so important.

Thank you for your support in the past. Please vote YES for EMS today!

John Griffith
Spokane Firefighters - IAFF Local 29

We've had some good letters for the EMS Levy in the Spokesman-Review. Thanks to all who have written.

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