2012-10-27 / Editorials & Letters

Demand real change by voting ‘no’

Editor:

The problems with the Buckeye Lake Village Fire Department go back for years. Timing is everything and that’s why something might finally be done.

The department’s levy is up for renewal. The threat that voters might not approve it has forced village officials to look at the department’s performance more closely.

If we vote “NO” on the levy it will send them a strong message that we want real change and keep them headed in the right direction. If that wakeup call leads to significant improvements, I will urge voters to vote “YES” next May. If there is little progress, hopefully another “NO” vote will make our demands for improvements even clearer. That still leaves a third chance to renew it next November before we affect the department’s funds. Voting “NO” next month and next May will NOT affect the department’s funds.

A “YES” vote next month takes away any incentive for village officials to follow-thru on our concerns. They will have our taxes for five more years and there is nothing we can do about it.

If you are concerned about your safety, the past 15 years have been as bad as it gets. We’re in this mess because past administrations have ignored the poor management and performance and now we’re reaping what we sowed. We finally have the power to do something about it. Don’t give up your power now by voting “yes.” Your vote is very important on this issue. We deserve better.

Judie Cook
Buckeye Lake

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