Monroe County Budget
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#1 Aug 31, 2011
I seen on Facebook where one of the county commissioners made the comment that the Rural Volunteers Fire Depts. should start charging $150 per household if citizens of Monroe county want Fire Protection.(Note: He live in Sweetwater city and is covered by the city Fire Department). Most of the Monroe county home owners can't afford homeowners insurance, how does he expect us to pay for this? If they cut the Fire Depts budget by 25%, does that effect us homeowners? YES IT DOES! We deserve the same fire protection the he gets. Instead of cutting the Fire Depts Budget, why don't the county commissioners take a pay cut, but don't stop there, let the county mayor take one too. Other ways to help the budget,-- Mobile Meals is a great service but its not VITAL as fire protection. If my home catches fire I'm sure they will not be the ones that will come to try and save it, no it will be the Fire Dept,(DUH) Sheriff Bill Bivens made the comment that they can't cut anything from his budget. Crime is on the increase. Well maybe if the Judges here will do there job, and start sending people to jail instead of this money racket they call PROBATION, crime might go down some. The people that live next to us has been arrested 5 times in less than 2 yrs, for making and selling meth. They get arrested and are back out in a week doing it again. If the lab explodes who will be called ---THE FIRE DEPT!!!- If the judges will do the job, that might be one less expense that our Rural Depts have to deal with. I also seen that the Monroe County Rescue Squad will not receive this cut, WHY? Are they better than the Fire Depts? Are they really even needed? The Fire Depts does everything that they do (except -provide "taxi service" and pick up bodies) and a lot more. I understand the there is a budget problem and it does need to be fix with some drastic changes, but changes need to be done elsewhere, the vital services are what we need and depend on for our SAFETY. If there has to be a cut on these services, it should be the last resort, after all other options have been exhausted.
#2 Sep 16, 2011
I really appreciate all the work the volunteer fire Dept do for this county.But in response to your post I do not appreciate your comment about The Monroe County Rescue Squad...The Squad pays their own workman's comp insurance for one $20,000 per year how much does the fire dept. pay no that is covered by the county...right...Two.. Rural fire dept cover a very small area the Squad covers the whole county...Three... yes the Squad dose haul Bodies this frees up an Ambulance thus saving the county money...Four.. the Squad does run in the winter to keep our 911 dispatcher in service, nurses and doctors to the hospitals...and Any other Very needed or Emergency calls.. And I see why you did not put a real name to this post.. to even ask if the and I quote Monroe County Rescue Squad "Are they really even needed" TRUST IN THE FACT THAT THE MONROE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD IS VERY WANTED AND VERY NEEDED IN MONROE COUNTY....
#3 Sep 17, 2011
I also seen that the Monroe County Rescue Squad will not receive this cut, WHY? Are they better than the Fire Depts? Are they really even needed? The Fire Depts does everything that they do (except -provide "taxi service" and pick up bodies) and a lot more.
WHAT IS THE "ALOT MORE" ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MR.OVER IT? YOU ARE SO RIGHT, THE MONROE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD DOES DO ALOT MORE, BUT ISN'T THAT WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO DO? THEY ARE CALLED MONROE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD, THAT MEANS ALL OF MONROE COUNTY. DON'T DITCH THE SQUAD TO MUCH CAUSE IF YOUR EVER IN A WRECK IT WILL BE THEM WHO SHOW UP TO HELP YOU. I ALSO THINK HIGHLY OF ALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS,I DROVE BY AND SAW THEM ON A WRECK WITH THE RESCUE SQUAD LAST YEAR, BUT IT WAS THE SQUAD PEOPLE I SAW USING THE JAWS ON THE TRUCK TRYING TO GET THE PERSON OUT. FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD WATCHING. IF MY HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN I WANT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT THERE, IF I'M IN A WRECK I WANT THE RESCUE SQUAD.
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