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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Fire levy issues cleared up

To the editor:

I am writing in response to your latest news article about a possible levy for South Whidbey Fire/EMS. While we appreciate the coverage, it’s important to correct two points from the article.

First, I am in favor of a 15-cent levy to support our volunteer firefighters and EMTs. These men and women save the fire district $1.15 million per year by donating their time to save lives in our community. I think continuing this program is worth the minimal expense it will cost my family in taxes to purchase and maintain the safety equipment they need on the job.

Second, the amount to recruit and retain volunteers was spent over an eight-year period, not just one year as your article stated. This small investment pays for itself through the money we save not having to rely on full-time emergency personnel.

The public meetings to discuss a proposed levy have been a positive experience for all of us. I am thankful to the community for attending and considering what we have to say.

KENON SIMMONS

South Whidbey Fire/EMS Commissioner

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