I continue to hear comments in regard to cutting firefighters, however, I have not noted anything in regard this other than a savings in revenue. For every action, there is a reaction.
If staff is cut, it also could create the closure of a station. If this is done, which station would it be? If indeed a station is closed and logistically it is not feasible for coverage within the city, will a new station be built and if so, would the cost outweight the savings? What risk would this recreate for the staff and citizens?
If there are cuts how will this affect our ISO ratings on our homeowners insurance? Will the increase in our rates double the amount of the proposed monthly fee and create even more burden on the homeowners?
I am opposed of the fee and believe there are other locations within the city where cuts could be made. We outsource multiple jobs when we have people already filling those positions. If those people are not qualified to do the jobs needing done, then maybe the city needs to look at those people and replace them with those who can and eliminate the outsourcing. I have seen many engineering and computer issues outsourced when we have people who are supposed to be qualified to do the job.
As much as I would love to see the budgetary issues resolved, I also believe that the whole picture needs to be painted in order for people, including the aldermen, to make informed decisions.