Regional fire authority well worth our support

I am a Kent resident of two years and a former resident of Covington for more than 30 years who has been actively involved in the community. I feel that I have a good knowledge and understanding of how the Kent Fire Department, now the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority (PSRFA), operates.

It saddens me to hear comments and read articles of false statements and half-truths. The PSRFA has exhibited great integrity by serving the community and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

Yes, Prop 1 raises taxes beginning next year, but opponents fail to note that the fire benefit charge will be reduced by a similar amount that basically results in a financial “push.” The “cap’ on the fire benefit charge, by state law, can never be raised above the 60 percent of the capital budget.

Another false truth appears in the statement that the PSRFA taxes our land and driveways, when in reality they only charge a fee on our homes. The fee charged is solely based on the size of the home and the resources needed to extinguish the fire.

There are many examples of “vote no” citizen comments that are inaccurate, but one in particular has my attention: the $114 a day paid to RFA board members whether they work one minute or one hour. This is true, however, but what is failed to be noted is that seldom does a board member perform duties lasting less than an hour. There are many instances when a board member works many hours at a time, up to and including eight hours at one time, and this may include weekends. Some board members do not record small amounts of time worked while others donate a portion of their earnings to charity.

And, last but most important all, actions and expenditures are in strict accordance with state law.

Please, vote yes on Prop 1.

– Mike Denbo

More in Letters to the Editor

I-1631? Just another government money grab

I thought the Reporter did a decent job of breaking down the… Continue reading

Where are our leaders?

Our nation and the world cannot understand what is happening to the… Continue reading

Thanks to all who supported pursuit of restoration grant for historic building

Kent Downtown Partnership would like to thank everybody who voted for the… Continue reading

Trust in government

As of this writing, on Nov. 6, your City Council plans on… Continue reading

Support I-1631 for a healthier climate, brighter future

The article, “Report reveals inequities of climate change in Washington” on Oct.… Continue reading

Vote for less smoky days, yes on I-1631

Do you remember the smoke and haze from this summer? I sure… Continue reading

Fain supports the needs of our city, district

Sen. Joe Fain has been a champion for the city of Kent… Continue reading

I-1631 Opponents do not care about you or your family

In the Auburn Reporter, Don Brunell wrote a piece, “Carbon fee hurts… Continue reading

Fain has done so much for our community

Sen. Joe Fain has been and continues to be an active member… Continue reading

Hearing fallout: Democrats reveal their true agenda

Contrary to statements put forth by Rich Elfers in his opinion piece,… Continue reading

A costly initiative to consumers

You had better read I-1631 before voting. It is a never-ending tax,… Continue reading

Regional landfill: Building a waste-to-energy plant is a viable option

This is in response to the Sept. 7 Kent Reporter article, “King… Continue reading