Steve Tolan and Measure A  by Donna Wood

Sometimes it seems a message can be repeated too often, that we have heard enough already.  But some messages are worth repeating.  Such is the case with ‘Measure A’, the measure that calls for a special property tax of $98.50 per parcel per year for the purpose of supplementing the funding of services for the Quincy Fire Protection District, a quality agency that has been rated higher than many municipal fire departments in much larger areas by independent agencies.

      The Quincy Volunteer Firefighters and the argument for Measure “A” were well represented by Steve Tolan, long-time supporter and former emergency services volunteer.  Steve laid out the costs for the fire district which includes a nominal amount for salaries for Fire Chief Robbie Cassou, Secretary Yvonne Bush, and mechanic Charlie Read.  The bulk of the expenses are for equipment, including vehicles and personal fire fighter safety equipment, communications equipment, emergency services needs and for maintenance of the fire station buildings. The costs associated with these equipment needs are rising which makes it necessary to request this funding measure.  But it is crucial to keep equipment current to protect the safety of our volunteer fire fighters while they serve the community, perhaps even you, in the event of a fire or medical emergency.

      Perhaps $98.50 annually seems like a hardship to some.  However, the cost of not having an effective fire department when you need them could be much higher, perhaps even the life of someone you love.  Is 27 cents a day too much?  How much is a life or a home worth?  What may we do?  Talk to your neighbors, your customers, your friends and family and tell them to ‘Vote Yes on A’ when they receive their ballots and return them by 8:00 p.m. June 4.  Let’s keep the Quincy Volunteer Fire Department strong and our community safe.

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