Letters to the Editor

Letters from May 23, 2007

County budget: Pocketbook is heavier each year

The county reports they will, again, be in the red if they don’t make cuts. Revenue increases 4 percent each year and 5.5 percent more is spent each year over and above the increase.

The county points at the citizens lamenting it’s our fault due to I-747. The real problem is county commissioners who continue to spend, spend, spend!

Start by canceling the contract with the consultant they hired to tell them to prioritize essential services ... we have many experienced people who will give them this advice free! Plus paid budget staff!

The county points their finger at the tax exempt federal lands yet they have used our tax dollars to purchase about 1,500 acres of land in SK, CK and NK and removed it from the property tax rolls there by reducing the revenue to the county.

Review the general administration (read commissioners) and operations budget that is loaded with consultant contracts the electeds should/could be doing themselves.

Eliminate duplication of staffing and record keeping. Accounting functions should be done by the auditor’s office. Staff positions shared between departments when work loads vary.

Leadership starts at the top. The county created this problem. Let them make the cuts to solve it.

SHIRLEY BROWN

Poulsbo

Thank you: EMS open house a hit

On behalf of Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue, I would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of you who supported and attended the Emergency Medical Services open house and pancake breakfast this past Saturday, May 19, at Station 51.

CKFR appreciates being an important member of the Central Kitsap community and playing a vital role in providing lifesaving services on a daily basis. Events such as the open house/pancake breakfast give us an opportunity to meet and visit with many residents in a non-emergency environment. We are pleased to have the chance to listen to you and learn from you ways we can better serve our community.

We would like to extend a special thanks to those who supported the event especially the Professional Firefighters of Kitsap County IAFF Local 2819 who flipped pancakes, scrambled eggs and cleaned up after the event. Special thanks also go to those who contributed monetarily toward the event including Local 2819, CKFR Firefighter’s Association, CK Medic One Foundation, Fred Meyer, Bremerton Safeway, Silverdale Safeway, Silverdale Albertsons and Costco. Thank you too to Silverdale Rotary and Starbucks for in-kind donations.

Again, thank you for joining us in celebrating national Emergency Medical Services Week. Remember, CPR saves lives! Call us to reserve your place in a free CPR class today, (360) 447-3550.

KEN BURDETTE

Chief, Central Kitsap

Fire & Rescue

Silverdale

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