We have had many questions regarding the upcoming special ballot.
Hoquiam residents will be receiving ballots in the mail in the next week. On that ballot will be Proposition No. 1: Fire Truck General Obligation Bonds.
We encourage all residents to return their ballots and believe that a “Yes” vote is not only hopeful, but necessary. In addition to the ballot, all registered voters and/or households should be receiving an informative brochure in the mail soon. Please take the time to read through this brochure. It has some of the most common questions and answers that might address your concerns and hopefully help you understand why we feel this expense is necessary.
The most common concern is cost. The levy will be for $1.2 million over 20 years, costing the owner of a $100,000 home $19 per year or $380 over the full 20 years. While obviously a large expense, the breakdown shows how reasonable the cost can be for each household.
Much has been done to reduce the cost where possible. Currently, without a ladder truck, our vital fireground operations such as rescue or fire ventilation must be attempted with standard ground ladders. This limits our reach to a maximum of second floor rescues and adds unnecessary risk to other ladder operations.
Many will have further questions. Please contact a Hoquiam firefighter and we will try to answer all of your questions to the best of our ability.
Hoquiam Firefighters Local #315