A Democratic majority or special interest?
In November, 2014 the voters of Polk County voted positively to disallow the creation of a paid Polk County fire department. The vote, of those who were interested enough in the business of the county to vote, was a clear majority.
Recent news reports indicate there are people in the county, who contrary to the voters will, are still pushing to implement a Polk County fire department.
When you drive through the county on your way to work or school or to the store, how many houses do you see burning or charred from recent fires? Do you see one weekly or monthly or even yearly? If your experi- ences are like mine, it probably has been years since you saw a burned out house in your community.
I know there are a few people in the county who would favor the creation of a county fire department, but don’t ask the majority to subsidize such a project for the few who want a fire department, which they will probably never need or use.
The United States was founded as a republic, but nowadays most people refer to it as a democracy. If it is a democracy and democratic votes mean anything, honor the democratic vote that was held and by a clear majority Polk County voters opted to stay away from more taxes and more government, that is no Polk County fire department.
Most home owners have home owners insurance. The cost of home owners insurance can be controlled to some degree by reducing coverage or increasing deductibles or even not having insurance, however if a Polk County fire department is created, our taxes will be increased to pay for it and we won’t have the option of changing the amount we pay and we certainly can’t drop the tax payment. If we fail to pay the taxes, the government will take our houses and sell them in order to collect them. Government is force.
County representatives ( commissioners) represent the voters and not the special interest and the few. Honor our vote!
For Liberty, William F. Ingram Jr.