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Q&A: FW fire commission candidates share views/Question 5

Kerry Davis:

The good economy of the mid to late 90’s allowed fire department and the

community to grow and expand with limited worries about the budget. With

the economy retracting and the cities annexing more of unincorporated King

County, the Fire District budget is going to tighten over the next few

years. We will need to re-evaluate the strategic budget plan based upon the

current trends of the economy. Finding ways to cut costs without lowering

the level of service or endangering firefighters or the community is my main

priority.

John Rickert:

The district’s finances are in good order, thanks to the citizens of Federal Way who supported Proposition 1 in September.  There is one other issue coming up on this November’s ballot, which could have a $590,000 impact on the 2002 budget.  That is the King County EMS Levy. If it fails, the district’s share would not be made available.  I urge Federal Way voters to vote “yes” on the King County Medic One proposition.

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