Greenbrier County fire and emergency responders say

Feb 1, 2013 Full story: Appalachian Journal 194

Please come out to your local fire department on one of these dates to get more information or to ask questions regarding the fire levy.

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lived in gbr

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#21 Feb 6, 2013
they are going to break it down as follows money wise alderson 86.181 anthony creek 96.028 clintonville 93.543 faielea 116.095 frankfort110.950 lewisburg 250.000 quinwood 90.697 rainelle 109.561 renick 115.242 rpert 108.355 smoot 98.000 tri-county 86.181 white sulphur 250.000 williamsburg 93.069 it does not look right to me . if this passes they will forego the $1,600 they get from the county !
old man

Charleston, WV

#22 Feb 6, 2013
There is no question about who pays for special elections, fuel and salaries-don't forget about salaries-in the past most VFDs were not payed, but now most-not all-are paid by the never ending money supply known as the taxpayer!
Notice

Pearisburg, VA

#23 Feb 7, 2013
Why does Alderson get less money than Anthony, clintonville, quinwood renick smoot frankfort and williamsburg when Alderson is larger and more people here. They department server move people than the ones getting more money. Karen Lobban sure took care of her town.
lived in gbr

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#24 Feb 7, 2013
why would they be paid if they are volunteer ? to me that means that they do not get paid!!!!!!!!!!
jesey

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#25 Feb 7, 2013
Karen Lobban had nothing to do with the way the money is being handed out! the committee handling this is not the county commission . so the best thing to do is go to the court house to the county commission meeting and ask why they do not take part .
GBR ff

United States

#26 Feb 7, 2013
To old man: only 1 dept in the county has paid members. That is Lewisburg, and the paid guys are funded 100% by the city. Under the proposed Levy no money can be spent to pay any member of any dept. The distribution off funds is broke down by the value of properties in their respective areas served (ie tax tickets). It was stated that everyone just pay one fee such as other counties. Well is it fair for someone who owns a 1980 Fleetwood single wide to pay the same as someone with a multi million dollar home? Its a flat tax everyone pays the same percentage of their assessed property value. Please go to you're local departments during open houses and voice your concerns and listen to their side of the story..... Don't just say no without being educated on the matter. The home on fire might be yours or it might be you in the next wreck. Don't you want trained properly equipped people to respond in a timely manner?
Wake up

Pearisburg, VA

#27 Feb 7, 2013
I live in the city limits. I pay a municipal fee that covers fire and police protection. I also pay a yearly fee to the fire and ems which is in addition to the local fees. Now they want a levy and I have to pay more for there service. This isn't right. Also the city fire and ems cover area outside the city limits but thos people don't have to pay the local municipal fees I have to pay. Maybe they just need to cup there expenses to save money.
old man

Charleston, WV

#28 Feb 7, 2013
All-repeat ALL para-medics are paid and many EMTs and they are part of VFDs.
Yes Lewisburg is the only paid Fire Dept, but the Lewisburg Chief is out front in all of this and is the most logical candidate for Fire Commissioner.
I live so far from a fire station that they will never be able to save my home; therefore why should I pay to subsidize for everyone else.
The vast majority of the value of my property is the land- not the house..The land will never be destroyed by fire.
Taxing my land to protect your house is just plain WRONG!
Bryant

Sutton, WV

#29 Feb 8, 2013
Reguardless of how you look at it, it isn't right for the county commision to hold a special election to try and push this thru. The only one's who will be voting for this is the First responders due to voter's fatigue as was said in earlier posts. It's like having a thief in the middle of the night come in and rob you and it just isn't right. If this, after all these years, is so important why wasn't it brought up during the General Election? Because it wouldn't have passed. I don't have Children in School, and didn't support a special Election for the School Bond Levy, but they got it passed this way, that's why they are trying it again. Dirty Polotic's if you ask me..."NO NEW TAXES" This has to stop!!
beverley

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#30 Feb 8, 2013
you are right so that being said talk to 59 news get on tv and tell your side of the story just might get other people to thinking and get out and vote
Bryant

Bridgeport, WV

#31 Feb 8, 2013
I don't have a problem voicing my opinion. I have been a Vol. Firefighter in this county for years and I know the Hardships the Departments have to go through. But to force another tax on the Taxpayers of Greenbrier County is not only Bad Goverment It's just morally wrong, when we all know the underlying outcome is going to be creating a job for a specific person. We all know who."No SPECIAL ELECTION"-"NO NEW TAXES" Who's with me?
Vote no

Pearisburg, VA

#32 Feb 9, 2013
I am against the levy. I see the first trucks and ems vehicles driving around all the time wasting fuel. Most of the time when they stop they never shut the engine off. I see there own vehicle being washed and the fire stations. They just need to cut there expenses. We pay home owners insurance, municipal fees, a yearly fee and how they want to add a levy. I can not hardly make it from one month to the next with the prices of everything these days. I am not for the levy.
lives in fayette co

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#33 Feb 10, 2013
i live in fayette county and my fire dues are about 24 DOLLARS per year so why in the sam hill are they trying to get rich off of the people in greenbrier co are they smoking something or what??????????
Not a paid medic

Charleston, WV

#34 Feb 10, 2013
old man wrote:
All-repeat ALL para-medics are paid and many EMTs and they are part of VFDs.
Yes Lewisburg is the only paid Fire Dept, but the Lewisburg Chief is out front in all of this and is the most logical candidate for Fire Commissioner.
I live so far from a fire station that they will never be able to save my home; therefore why should I pay to subsidize for everyone else.
The vast majority of the value of my property is the land- not the house..The land will never be destroyed by fire.
Taxing my land to protect your house is just plain WRONG!
I may not be against the levy, but would like to say all paramedics and EMTs are not paid. Many are volunteer fire fighters and some work at volunteer fire departments that offer EMS. Some work other places as paid and volunteer at home. This is a common misnomer that should be pointed out. It is tough to be a volunteer EMT or paramedic in the state of WV due to the training requirements mandated by the state, but this levy is for the fire service, NOT EMS. I think a levy for EMS, FIRE, and Police was a better answer. I mean for the smaller municipalities police forces.
old man

Charleston, WV

#35 Feb 11, 2013
Now the Fire levy, next the EMS levy after that the Police levy--Why can't everyone see where this is going?!
Splitting hairs about what and how EMS/Firefighters are paid is just a diversion from the real question--I will receive no or very few benefits from this levy, why should I be taxed by 10% of voters (That's the percentage that passed the Fayette county school levy)simply because I own property?
I choose where I live to avoid the arrogance of small town rule makers and the associated greed.
I have been a Firefighter/EMS and Official in my VFD, and have seen the changes over the last 50 years and can said one thing with certainty
MORE TAXES ARE NOT THE ANSWER!!
Example: How's the E-911 tax on phones working for you?
enough said

Daniels, WV

#36 Feb 12, 2013
is pure and simple vote no. to much thieving going on now.
lives in fayette co

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#37 Feb 12, 2013
some of the people are to stupid to get out and vote ! and when it passes and they get it put on there taxes all they want to do is complain and you know that is a fact !!!!!!!!!!
Not Now

Princeton, WV

#38 Feb 12, 2013
Too much fraud and abuse going on with tax payer dollars!!! Classic example, the internet servers purchased by the school board... Read the story on wvmetronews.com In fact, who is the "Go To" person pushing this levy? Could it be the potentially new self-appointed "Fire Commissioner"? Greenbrier County Tax payers have a right to know the individual responsible for pushing for this special election...
GBC FIREFIGHTER

Princeton, WV

#39 Feb 12, 2013
PEOPLE DONT REALIZE THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF ALL FIRE DEPTS. YES WE GET STATE MONEY BUT NOT ENOUGH TO COVER COSTS OF EVERYTHING AS FAR AS EQUIPMENT, GEAR, TRUCK PAYMENTS, INSURANCE, WORKERS COMP. ETC. WE HAVE DID THE MATH AND FOR 1 PERSON ALONE TO JOIN THE FIRE DEPT AND GET THE TRAINING AND GEAR IS ABOUT $12000 TO $15000. YES THIS IS A TAX AND EVERYONE INCLUDING ME AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE GBC FIRE DEPTS. HAS TO PAY. IF YOU PAY YOUR DUES THATS GREAT...WHAT ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOR THAT DOESNT PAY? IS THAT FAIR...WELL NOW HE DOESNT HAVE A CHOICE. EVERYONE PAYS. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR SMALL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPTS CLOSE THEIR DOORS? THEN YOUR INSURANCE GOES THROUGH THE ROOF. IS THAT WHAT YOU PEOPLE WANT. IT CAN HAPPEN AND IT HAS HAPPENED. YOU HAVE QUESTIONS? YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPT WILL BE HAVING OPEN HOUSES THIS MONTH. GO TO THESE AND ASK YOUR QUESTIONS MAYBE YOU WILL REALLY SEE WHAT IS GOING ON OR MAYBE YOU WONT. THINK ABOUT IT THOUGH...CAN YOU REALLY AFFORD TO LOSE YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT.
lived in gbr

White Sulphur Springs, WV

#40 Feb 13, 2013
why do not have one rate for everybody instead of trying more make some people pay more? if you send out fire dues every year for $40.00 and that is realistic figure would that be more fair to the property owner?

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