Monday, December 14, 2015

Quick note on the Fire Tax

I'll post the meeting notes from Saturday's Fire Tax meeing sometime this week, but it looks like the proposed fire tax is off the table. County Fire understands that option is not feasible.

We'll have to work together as a community to put together something that works for us, and it means we'll ALL have to chip in and contribute to the effort. We've sent 5 pages of questions to Division Chief John Chamberlin that will give us the information we need to evaluate the remaining options left to us. We're waiting on those answers. When we get them we'll review them and put together proposals that the community can review and build on. The important thing is that we'll be better informed about what is possible.

In the meantime, there will be a Monthly Monday Meeting the 4th Monday of January. (We usually have them the 2nd Monday, but that's a federal holiday so the USDA Food Distribution is moved to 3rd Monday - so neither of those Mondays are available to us. The same thing happens in February.) The community voted at today's meeting to have the January meeting on January 25th and I'm inviting Ramon Lomeli, General Mananger of Morongo Basin Ambulance, and Jim Brakebill from the Copper Mountain College Fire Technology Program, to talk to us about ambulance and paramedic service.

We have time to make an informed decision. I'll get the notes posted this week. We're a strong community. We'll put our heads together and create something that will work for us.

In the meantime, have a lovely holiday and stay safe.

Teresa Sitz
MAC Delegate
Wonder Valley, CA