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RE: 'Fire tax controversy?' [Village News, 9/25/08]

In a September 25 guest editorial, Ken Munson wrote: “…create controversy by slamming…” Our intent is only to examine business practices that could have negated and still may eliminate the need for another tax. However, Ken chose not to address these points. We invite the board to publicly explain to citizens why those practices are wrong. Public education based on facts is a good thing.

Ken wrote: “…NCFPD’s financial…the best…” Taxpayers are gratified. Yet, how much better would it have been if certain practices had been in place? To what extent might the “financial picture” improve if these practices are adopted?

Consider: “…financial picture is the best…”

Yet more tax?

He writes: “…we get to do whatever we want with our share. No strings attached.”

Yet questions on savings remain unaddressed.

No strings indeed.

He cites infrastructure that “should have been replaced…”

From 1999 to 2007, Fallbrook home values grew 180 percent and Bonsall by 200 percent. How was additional tax revenue employed? Why are there not new structures or at least reserves 300 percent of budget? That answer may educate us on how new tax revenue may be used, given “No strings attached.”

We seek clarification with openness and goodwill. Our points on Constant Staffing Policy, Organizational Readiness and Practices in Association Negotiations are in the public forum through the Village News. Having the issues addressed objectively and thoroughly in the Village News without recourse to personal attack would be democracy at work.

Denny Lindeman


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