The Regional Fire Authority proposal is one of the worst ideas I've every seen in local governance. Leadership is essentially unchallengeable. The formula for financing this monster is structured to charge the most unlikely to need Fire Department services (high-end homes and larger businesses) while entirely ignoring the car accidents and aid calls that are the vast majority of the workload. The financing is an uncapped blank check tax. Fire protection is a basic municipal obligation. If either Olympia or Tumwater is unable to independently fulfill its obligation, lets be talking annexation, or new leadership.
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