Contra Costa County to close 4 fire stations after voters reject parcel tax measure
Original post made on Dec 12, 2012
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on Dec 12, 2012 at 9:20 am
Sounds like the fire district was planning to spend money it didn't have yet by expecting money from a parcel tax. So the budget is $102 million, it would be interesting to see exactly what the budget is.
I'm just thinking, I have a friend, her husband and her just lost their house because they spent more money then what they had. That's how it works. You can't plan or budget for what you don't have.
I suspect the fire district has been out of control with it's spending, and should take an axe to the budget and figure out what it really needs, not what it wants.
The last thing, shutting down 4 stations is only saving the district 3 percent, not very much money, the details would show what the problem really is.
on Dec 12, 2012 at 10:13 am
Isn't it interesting that there are only two choices. Either the taxpayers have to cough up more money or their fire protection is degraded. The third option is to cut the insane compensation packages that firemen receive, particular things like retiring age 50 with full salary and benefits for life. They also need to cut costs by having firemen to other tasks during the 90% of the time they are on duty and not firefighting. Firefighters in other parts of the country do things like auto maintenance and repair, computer repair/refurbishing, website development, furniture and cabinetry, light manufacturing, etc, etc.etc. That of course is different than today where they watch TV, play poker, lounge around the (luxury) health clubs, stroll leisurely through the grocery stores, and BS endlessly.
on Dec 12, 2012 at 11:05 am
Ripped Off is so right. There are several 'adjustments' that must be
made to firemen retirements contributions, financial, timing, overtime. Hardheaded, ignorant, selfish, union greed prevents any sensible plan. Read Dan Borenstein's editorial in last SUN, Dec 9, Valley Time, @ BayAreaNewsGroup. He, rightfully, really hits the Contra Costa fire union hard. Closing staions and laying off 'brothers', is a childish and stupid non-solution. That is 'individual personal' Shaving a bit across all stations would be so much more sensible.
Union mentality is so destructive and non-prokductive. . .a tantrum