Maybe, just maybe, everyday Idahoans are tired of left leaning liberals invading their space and telling them what we can and cant do with our constitutional rights. I am a CCW holder, I have never had to draw my weapon. I hope I never need to. But PISS OFF if some holier than thou northender is going to tell me how to vote, how to speak, how to live, and yes, what I can or cannot do, with my guns just because you have your panties in a bunch.
YOU , my liberal friends, have become what you despise. Overreaching , dominearing, hateful, spiteful, closeminded, REPUBLICANS.
Truth be told CCW holders have bneen carrying around you for years and you NEVER KNEW! But now that Obama is in office its payback time on middle class america! Leave us alone and we will get along just fine.
For the latest, visit the www.boiseguardian.com and this BW story:
What this article failed to mention was that the planned BFD ambulance is to EVICT a currently deployed ACP ambulance from the very same station.
Let me say this again. They plan to SPEND MONEY to BUY/LEASE an ambulance to REPLACE an excisting ACP ambulance (that has served the area for over 15 years) just so they can have more jobs.
This will not improve response times, they are coming from the same area. It will not improve care, ACP medics have longer training periods than BFD medics, and are already intergrated into local heart attack care and stroke care at the local hospitals. BFD is not. It will not be cheaper, BFD employees make 10-15K more than their counterparts at ACP.
So why do it?
Things that make you go HMMMMMMMMMMMMM
As previously discussed, Fire gets property taxes too, but many many times more than what you get for EMS. PD has multiple revenue streams that we do not have as well. And unlike EMS, when they overrun their budget, Fire can simply pull from other services in the Cities General fund.
Also, the vehicle registration fees you pay are to suppliment EMS TRAINING in the STATE. They make up a tiny ...VERY TINY portion of our budget. Its just not that much. Fire gets a portion of the proceeds for all those fancy fire fighter plates as well for training too, how is that different?
The Majority of our budget, the overwhelming majority of our budget is made up for by fee for service. WHY? Because thats the way the TAXPAYERS set it up years ago, that the people who use the service pay for it. Its a TAXING district similar to the FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICTS. NOW, if you look at what the FPD taxes at, and what we (EMS) can tax at, it still doesnt compare. Do the research and compare the tax codes!
Even if we had maxed out the mil levey in 1975, we still would be less than half what most Fire Districts tax you at. But you wont hear places like Kuna or Whitney (which gives their $$ to City of Boise) or other districts mention THAT little fact.
And here is one other fact. because we are a taxing district, the "revenue" (not very much of it) goes...guess where..back to the district. The county general fund cannot touch one red cent of it.
Yes we are overseen by the same BOCC, but the budgets are seperate.
But FDs seem to think that this is a huge money maker for them
At the end of the day, one fact remains consitant:
EMS Budget: 13.2 million (4.4 million from property taxes) / 21, 900 approx calls equals 602 dollars average per call responded too(obviously some cost more, some cost less, and some we dont get reimbursed for at all despite responding)born by those who use the service, wich include people from outside Ada County.
BFD: Approx 30 plus million budget (98% property taxes)/ 16,741 calls equals 1,792 dollars per call, almost exclusively born by taxpayers, whether the call assisted an Ada County resident or not.
EMS 13.2 million /380,920 population = 34.65 dollars per person to provide coverage.
Boise Fire: 30 (plus) million / 220,000 = 136.36 dollars per person.
So who makes the best use of taxpayers dollars? Who is more conservative? Who is more responsible?
One final question for Joe reader....
Why does BFD want EMS so bad when its a fact they didnt want it back in 1975 when it was handed to them on a silver platter?
The Answer: ...UNION JOBS, UNION PAY
BTW, it was the IAFF that supported and contributed to MAYOR BEITER.
Lucky he did that in the north end, in almost any other community outside Boise, he would have had his acute lead deficit reolved.
While I dont have a problem supporting local buisness, I drive by Hastings and the mall to visit the record exchange without looking back.....As an emergency responder, I can say that one way streets are easier to navigate, provide better emergency response, better traffic flow, and are ,IMHO, safer too.
Just my 0.2.
Honestly with all the foot traffic I see downtown in the (early) evening, perhaps buisnesses should adjust their hours to stay open until 7 or 8 in the warm months...instead of doing an expensive change and keeping bankers hours.
Well, Donnie it appears again your not as informed abouth the realities of EMS as you would thank.
Try calling those departments and getting the cost of th services before commenting..and get the right rate too. I think you will find ACP is not far off the mark, and maybe lower than some, and again, we offer a membership program that all those others do not to defray the cost even lower!
Again, good deal for taxpayers.
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