Sedona Fire Bond: providing infrastructure and tools our firefighters need!

I am a resident of the Sedona Fire District.  I’m in support of the $17,900,000 bond for the Fire District.  I commend the Fire Board and staff as well as the Advisory Committee for their hard work and time to justify such a request.  My support is simple; a fire district cannot function without proper infrastructure, apparatus, equipment, and qualified well-trained personnel.  These necessities cannot be compromised when you’re dealing with life and safety of not only the public, but also the firefighters and staff.  A bond is a quick fix to many problems and would be paid for over many years.  Quality fire protection and EMS is essential for the residents and visitors quality of life.  The Sedona Fire District has proven over many years their professional commitment to serving our community.  The least we can do is provide them with the infrastructure and tools they need to keep us safe.  Thank you for allowing me to express my support for this much needed bond.

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Nazih M. Hazime

The time is now to support Sedona’s firefighters. Vote YES! on the Sedona Fire Bond.

The downturn in the economy, reductions in assessed values (AV), budget constraints, and decisions made by previous Boards and staff resulted in inadequate funding. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road.

As a long term resident of the community, property owner, and member of the Sedona Fire District, retiring in early 2017, I have seen our community grow and witness the demands for service. Working as a member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee numerous presentations identified that SFD has significant capital needs that must be addressed. Yes, some of these needs were identified in the past and should have been addressed, but they were not. The downturn in the economy, reductions in assessed values (AV), budget constraints, and decisions made by previous Boards and staff resulted in inadequate funding. We cannot continue to kick the can down the road.

While the proposed Bond does not cover 100% of the capital needs it does provide a bridge that meets the immediate needs allowing a self-sustaining capital fund. It spreads the cost to fire district residents over future years which allow current and future residents share in the cost. The Bond will allow capital projects to be accomplished sooner than would pay-as-you-go using only current tax revenues.

Without the Bond, capital projects cannot be accomplished without substantial cuts to current programs or increased revenues from taxes and fees.

Gary Johnson