I too live in the long creek fire district and have volunteered with them for years as well. You have every right to voice your concerns and I encourage you and anyone else to let the county know Monday how you all feel about. As for the tax increase, you living in the district will not see a tax increase, you will pay the same thing you paid last year. As far as your rating goes, I'm sorry you are one of the residents that live in our district not covered by our rating, myself along with the Chief and past chiefs before have tried placing a substation on 421 to reduce you all to atleast a 9 if not a 6 (our current rating). Our biggest hurdle was funding, in that part of the district the funding wasn't there to maintain and run a substation. With this merger you can see a substation out that way sooner than later (3-5 years). The only tax increase will be in the Eastside of Pender (Hampstead, Scotts Hill, and Sloop Point). Overall this merger is a good deal not only for the volunteers but for the citizens as well, likewise in our district we all will see quicker responses due to paid staffing in the station 24/7/365. I also encourage you to contact the fire department, they already have paid staffing during the day and they will be more than glad to answer any questions you may have. Again thank you for your concerns and I hope if you feel that strongly about it then please be at the meeting Monday night.
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