The monthly Fire District 28 commissioners’ meeting (Aug. 5) was held at the convenient time of 10 a.m. Most taxpaying citizens are at work, but the room is over capacity with firefighters and a few union reps from elsewhere.
At this meeting the two commissioners, quiet enough so very few could hear, passed a motion to put on the ballot a large tax increase for all the citizens in District 28. No discussion whatsoever as to why the big increase. Zero. Not at any previous commissioners’ meetings has the topic been discussed with any detail.
In my opinion quickly installing a new commissioner (Larry Jensen) that would agree to raising taxes was important because the deadline for placing a higher tax increase on the November ballot was days away.
I will not vote for a fire district tax increase because I’ve experienced with my own eyes and ears, a total disrespect for the taxpayers in this district by the management of Fire District 28. With very few exceptions all the firefighters have remained extremely professional and remain the best in the business.