Northwest NEWS

October 23, 2000

Editorial

What cost would you put on your family's safety?

I am writing this letter in support of the King County/Duvall Fire Protection District No. 45 Proposition No. 1. I encourage all voters in the greater Duvall/King County area to vote yes on Proposition 1.
   It was shown in a 1998 structural report that the present fire station in Duvall would not survive a significant earthquake. The danger to personnel, apparatus and the ability to respond to a public emergency situation would be greatly affected should this structure fail.The present station was built 40 years ago, and the age and condition make replacement more cost-effective than another remodel.
   The stations located near Lake Marcel and Lake Margaret are staffed as needd by volunteer personnel responding from home. These stations are not centrally located and were not designed to be staffed full time. One of these stations has no septic system.
   Proposition No. 1 would replace the main station and build a second, staffed station to be centrally located between Lake Marcel and Lake Margaret.A bond approved in 1990 will expire this year at a cost of .25 per $1,000 of assessed value. Poposition No. 1 would cost .32 per $1,000, or $14 per year more than homeowners are currently paying for their $200,000 homes. What cost would you put on your family's safety?
   Margie Coy, Duvall