Public Sector Unions on the move in Eagle County?

by  Clayton Moore

Everyone paying attention to the excellent job the Firefighters of the Eagle River Fire Protection District did with the two recent fires in Avon…knows we have a good Firefighting team.  (Click Here)

After those fires the elected Board of the Eagle River Fire Protection District moved and approved their “request” for more paid Property Taxes from you the residents of the Fire District.  The Boards vote – will put a new Tax question/proposed Property Tax increase on your upcoming November 6th 2012 Ballot – if you live in their District.

Wasting no time…the Firefighters Union started placing their “pro-tax-increase” signs in and around our Community.  The sign below found recently on Rte. 6 in Eagle-Vail.

Look closely at their sign.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.  When the Fire District’s Proposed Property Tax increase failed in the November 2011 general election – the Ballot question was known as “5A”.  Obviously somebody (the public sector union folks?) kept their campaign signs so they could be (obviously re-cycled) for this November 2012 election – another run at a Property Tax increase.

Make no mistake the ECT folks like our local Firefighters – it’s their public sector Union (Local 4245) that alarms the ECT.

Look no further than California to see what Public Sector Unions (et al) have done to some of the City’s economies in California.  Some of those California Cities have since filed for Bankruptcy protection…(Click Here)  Be aware.

More on this proposed Property Tax increase (Ballot question) in the near future.

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6 responses

  1. When the wonderful Avon Fire Dept. left Avon and went into this consolidated district it was supposed to save us money. What happenned?

  2. My family has a long history of fire fighters in it and many years of service in the Philadelphia police and fire departments. However, I recently was working on a distressed property in California,. The owner is a fire fighter in Orange County. I was shocked when I discovered that his compensation package was in excess of $175,000. I truly appreciate the work that they do but the taxpayers cannot afford such high compensation packages – especially when there is a pension that will pay 75% of the salary upon retirement. The market simply does not bear this compensation for this valuable work…

  3. LA Times July 20, 2011| Steven Greenhut

    … In Orange County, where I worked for a newspaper for 11 years, the average pay and benefits package for a firefighter is $175,000 a year….

    … There’s no doubt that firefighters and police have tough and sometimes dangerous jobs, but that doesn’t mean the public has no business criticizing them, especially if they have become infected with the bureaucratic mind-set spread by public-sector union activism …

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/20/opinion/la-oe-greenhut-police-firefighters-un20110720
    ———————————————-

    * July 12, 2012 / By Steven Greenhut

    First Vallejo, then Stockton, then Mammoth Lakes and now San Bernardino. As Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach told Bloomberg News, the bankruptcy dominoes are starting to fall. One California city after another — following a decade-long spree of ramping up public-employee pay and pension benefits, as well as redevelopment debt — are becoming insolvent.

    Other big cities, including Los Angeles, are talking more openly about the bankruptcy option.

    http://www.calwatchdog.com/2012/07/12/union-efforts-failed-to-stop-bankruptcy-tsunami/

  4. While these concerns are valid please take a moment to compare these numbers to what is actually happening here. I can assure you that the numbers from California are not indicitve of local firefighter salaries or pensions. All of the local information is public knowledge and you can get it from the Fire Chief. If you take the time to see what is happening locally I can assure you that we are not in the same boat as these referenced articles.

    • Let the ECT also add the word “trajectory” to our word, “concern”.

      NO DOUBT – THERE WAS A TIME..for towns in California where your statment was 100% correct..”While these concerns are valid please take a moment to compare these numbers to what is actually happening here. I can assure you that the numbers from California are not indicitve of local firefighter salaries or pensions. All of the local information is public knowledge and you can get it from the Fire Chief. If you take the time to see what is happening locally I can assure you that we are not in the same boat as these referenced articles…”

      Further…the ECT would very much like to read the actual BALLOT LANGUAGE we’ll be voting on in November…has your Fire District Board, approved the actual language, yet???

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