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It's comforting to know that when smoke rises from our rooftops, Colorado Springs Fire Department will arrive well before we're stumbling through smoldering ash.

With a greatly expanded land mass being developed in east and north parts of the city, there's a growing risk of fire hazards. How long can we maintain this level of comfort knowing we will have a shortage of firefighters using increasingly outdated, worn-out apparatus?

Revenue is the key to funding all public safety needs as well as all other services provided by local government. While the majority of local governments are funded by property taxes, the Springs depends on more volatile sales taxes.

The arena of firefighting is a "specialty" area with needs best evaluated and communicated to the public by those in the firefighting profession. There will be a ballot measure, Issue 1, on the April 2019 municipal election ballot allowing our firefighting community to have the right to have a voice at the table.

This measure is opposed by the mayor, the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, Colorado Springs Forward and the Homebuilders Association. These people know nothing about firefighting — they know politics.

Issue 1 is about setting budget priorities.

Vote YES on 1 to allow collective bargaining for our firefighters.

— Rick Wehner

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