ECFR asks citizens to respond to survey

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Citizens of the East County Fire & Rescue district, watch your mail in the next few days. The ECFR newsletter is being mailed out this week, and it includes a survey asking for your opinion. If you live or own property in the ECFR District, ECFR wants to know what you think about having a bond issue on the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election Ballot.

The bond is for 20 years, and the survey presents you with three alternatives: Yes or No to a $1,275,082.00 bond with an estimated cost of 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or approximately $1.33 per month for a $180,000 home; yes or no to a reduced bond with an estimated cost of 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or approximately $1.18 per month for a $180,000 home; or no to the bond being on this Nov. 6 ballot.

The bond would be for replacement of fire apparatus, updating emergency medical equipment and fire fighting tools, and to provide facility upgrades and repairs.

Currently, ECFR’s budget is predominately supported by revenue from tax dollars assessed on your property. The ECFR general levy amount is $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value, and the emergency medical service levy amount is 35 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

Please send ECFR your completed survey, which has return postage provided at ECFR expense, and let your Board of Commissioners know what you think. You can also access a survey online at, since you may have more than one person in your household who lives in our district that is of voting age, or there are two or more people owning a piece of property in the ECFR District. It’s important to hear from all of you.

Martha Martin is a commissioner on the ECFR Commission. She can be reached at 835-1070 or Contact the ECFR District office at 834-4908 or view the website at