To The Editor:
Last night I attended a town hall meeting of the Union Fire District to hear its appeal for the passage of the district tax increase in the November election. I went with no inclination of supporting a tax increase. After hearing its presentation, I came out of the meeting supporting the increase.
The proposition, as written, is very misleading. The written proposition calls for a 61-cent tax increase per $100 of assessed property valuation. But in actuality, the district wants 31 cents for its use. This represents an increase of less than $59 per year on a $100,000 home. For the services we receive, this represents a modest additional cost per household. The district will now be able to staff Fire House No. 3 and replace some aging equipment in the future. The end result will see an improvement in the district’s coverage, especially in the eastern end of the city, the Progress Industrial Park and the athletic complex along Progress Parkway.
I, like many of my neighbors, am retired and living on a fixed income. But a good fire department is a valuable asset to the community. The district staff is known to be very frugal and will use their funds wisely. I feel confident they will put our taxes to good use and I would encourage the citizens of the Union Fire District to give consideration to supporting the tax levy in the November 2018 election.
Joseph P. Modugno