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Dear Editor,

I’m writing in response to the article in the Sun May 30 publication concerning the collection of fire and rescue dues. 

I commend and support our fine fire and rescue team, however, I’m opposed to our fees being raised from $25 to $45. 

In these struggling economic times, when it’s so hard to keep gas in our vehicles, heat and cool our homes and put food on our tables, a $20 increase is going to be hard for some. 

Some people literally live from paycheck to paycheck. 

It’s getting harder to save a little money for a “rainy day.” 

I also think about our senior citizens who live on fixed incomes. Is it necessary for them to say, “What’s more important? My medication or a few groceries or pay my increased dues?” I believe with all my heart these older people should be exempt from any dues. 

As for myself, I work two jobs and pay my bills. I’ve always paid my fire dues in a timely manner. 

I appreciate our Willisburg department, yet I feel it is a slap in the face to have my dues increased and I feel penalized because some don’t pay at all. 

Why must some people suffer because of others actions? 

For me the increase won’t make or break me, but it is the principle of it all. 

I think I speak for many and I hope I am a voice for fairness. 


Debra Hernandez