COMMENTARY | OPINION
“Is it time to restructure the present model of redevelopment and incorporate the fire department into the picture on equal footing with all redevelopment issues before the city?”
Who funds the fire department?
TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA - The 29 Palms Water District is unable by statute to use ratepayers’s funds to fund the fire department.
The City of 29 doesn’t directly fund the fire department. Not the county. So who funds the fire department?
If not the county, not the city, not the water district, then who directly fund the fire department?
It’s local people who fund the fire department through a 29 Palms Fire Special Property Tax. Seems the people living within the city boundaries and those people living in the immediate unincorporated areas are taking care of business and funding the fire department.But this is not enough. Where is city funding?
The City has no responsibility to fund the Twentynine Palms Fire Department. The city needs to modernize. The City needs re-exam public safety issues, and shoulder ongoing funding responsibilities for the fire department — and accept the 29 Palms Fire Department into the city.
That means real funding, not just ‘happy shoes’ money thrown at an overpriced and climbing $4.7 million dollar new performing arts building — and other grandiose redevelopment projects.
Isn‘t it a ripe time for the Mayor to do more than talk about public safety? It’s time to restructure the present model of redevelopment and incorporate the fire department into the picture on equal footing with all redevelopment issues facing the city.
It’s a big move to go beyond ‘feel good’ talk and implement ongoing and better reliable funding for the fire department.
The town of 29 is busily planing for the biggest redevelopment projects in city history. The town Mayor and his Councilmen are embarking on projects to spend tens of millions of dollars on special redevelopment areas and parking lots. What impact on will these tens of millions of dollars have on the fire department? Have the Mayor or any of his wise men taken a look at this? It’s time for the city to pay to be responsible.
The recently purchased latter fire truck the fire department added to their public safety fleet of firefighting trucks wasn’t a gift. The City had to buy. It was a matter of public safety, insurance requirements, and looking ahead to avoid lawsuits.
Sure, it’s a big move for the city to modernize and move the issue of public safety up the latter. It was a big move for the town to have indebtedness taxpayers for the next 30-years with a debt bond. The Mayor had the courage to do this.
But does he have the courage to cut back on redevelopment and create reliable ongoing funding for the fire department and funding for public disaster safety?
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