Re "Fire fee angers many living in foothills" (Our Region, Aug. 4): A conservative reiteration of the 2012 $150 rural and urban annual fire fee controversy is being taken up by conservative representatives.
The fire fee was partially implemented to fill in for unenforceable mutual aid contracts between local fire departments and CalFire because firefighters needed to support joint needs had been laid off during the 2007 financial downturn.
Mutual aid plans could not be enforced. Direct investments have to be made in fire personal and facilities. Most of the voters now acknowledge the reality that the fee will help CalFire increase the number of boots on the ground for fire prevention.
All of our local, state and county representatives are aware of these facts, despite claiming ignorance. Our local conservatives will probably mine this controversy for its full political value again while ignoring job scarcity issues.
-- Reginald Bronner, Lincoln