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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:00 pm

I endorse the three incumbent candidates for the Sunsites-Pearce Fire Board, Robert Fino, Tim Heine, and Bill McCarter.  All three candidates have demonstrated common sense and have proven they can address difficult issues with positive outcomes.

There was a difficult transition in February and March when financial errors were discovered by the newly hired chief, Paul Peterson.  The board and chief analyzed the errors and took immediate steps to make corrections.  Contrary to rumor, all funding was accounted for and the budget is sound.  The department recently underwent an audit, the result showing excellence in accounting procedures and accountability.  By the way, the audit results and budget may be inspected by the public at any time.

The current board supports the fire chief and employees with the best possible salaries and benefits considering the current financial restraints.  They are committed to providing safe equipment and training for the staff, both full time and volunteer.  These expenditures are the in best interest of the community as we rely on the fire fighters and medical emergency staff to protect our property and provide excellent emergency care.  Having watched them work in a variety of situations, I can attest to the fact they are professional, competent, and caring.

The current board is very mindful of the taxes we pay, balancing department needs with available funding.  Revenues are carefully budgeted to provide quality protection for local citizens.  Voting for the incumbents will maintain experienced leadership and quality protection for our local citizens.

Mary Appel

Sunsites

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