Re: “County 911 tax resisted” (TNT, 7-6).
Here’s another unfunded mandate from the federal government. They say we must upgrade our emergency radio systems to meet a 2013 deadline. And they say this new system will bring police and fire dispatchers into one agency on a single radio system. Yet two new dispatch centers are being built, one for law enforcement and the other for fire.
There are always underlying issues that the public doesn’t know about. One example is when the citizens of Edgewood voted to annex to East Pierce Fire District. One of the things that a lot of our citizens did not know is that our local Edgewood Fire Department would no longer be staffed. Our headquarters is now in Bonney Lake.
I’m grateful to Pierce County Council members Dan Roach and Joyce McDonald for wanting to take a little more time to gather all the facts on the 911 tax. We definitely need all the information we can get before voting in another tax.