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Fair allocation of fees, services needed


Last updated 9/2/2016 at Noon

To Mayor Pam Pruitt:

Fire District 3 now will move to merge with FD 7 to form, I hope, a regional fire service second to none. I sense there is a lack of communication with my district. I recommend some immediate contact as to the contract terms and with interest from your news media as to this important service.

I have appeared before your council to plead for fair contract fees that allow for a full station service without excessive mutual aid from surrounding county stations and FD 1. I have written a guest editorial for the Mill Creek Beacon.

Some support for a new city was reasonable in early days of incorporation, but now our tax dollars must be supported by fair allocation of fees and service.

That we understand that equity in the Station 76 is not automatic and must be fair in future costs, it should not be a gift. We should own the full value of the station and assume a fair contract for the foreseeable future.

With the Monroe citizens involved with our district as a full voting member and property taxpayer, it is mandatory that Mill Creek pay its full costs for services, and audited and fees updated yearly.

It is obvious that with your assessed valuation that any flat levy would be excessive, say $6 million, but to move to a fair contract where there is no subsidy (It seems that you should be easily in the $4 million range ... as compared to Mukilteo), but it should be based on service and actual costs or accurate projected costs. In fact, each year should involve a required audit.

FD 1 and FD 7 must plan together for regional service, and any attempt to seek bids should be addressed by state statutes. I doubt that it is legal for one municipal corporation to bid against another. I expect full cooperation between FD 1 and FD 7 in regards to your service.

The city of Monroe will look very carefully as to this contract, and any subsidy will not be looked on favorably.

You will get the service from one of the finest fire districts in the region. Get on with it.

Mill Creek is a first class city, and we must have agreements now.

Gene Grieve

A taxpayer in the FD3/7 Fire District


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