If you are a Bucks Lake Homeowners Association member, you have just received a letter from the Association asking you to vote on raising the fire dues.
I’ll confess my bias right here. I have already voted yes. For the record, the fire department has saved lives and cabins, and will do so in the future, if we keep it alive and viable. We would not be in the financial hole we are in if the dues had not been dropped to $65 years ago, but there is nothing to be gained from that mistake, but to learn from it. As distasteful as it is to think of paying more for anything right now, this is something we need to do. We cannot rely on Meadow Valley, because a heart attack victim will be dead, or a cabin will have burned, by the time they get to the lake, and they are not obligated to respond! Also, remember the Forest Service does not fight structure fires. And, without our own fire department, our fire insurance will become more expensive, and maybe become unobtainable, in the future.
We are on our own for fire and medical emergency response, and we have to fund ourselves adequately to do the job. Please vote; and vote “yes” to keep the fire department adequately funded.