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Letter: Fire station vote not true referendum

Putting aside whether the referendum was good or bad, it was hardly an “overwhelming vote”. Only 137 voters voted at all and so the tax levy increase was thrust on us by 105 people (probably many of them volunteers) out of several thousand voters in the District. This is indicative of the apathy that infects Bethlehem in the School Budget and local elections. Whose fault is it? We have no one to blame but ourselves. Bethlehem deserves better.

Philip W. Carter

Slingerlands

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vertexer 2 years, 10 months ago

I would have voted no, however like lots of folks busy with life. It's sort of ironic that I received in the mail the notice of the referendum well over a week after the vote was held. Too many fire districts in Bethlehem I'm just saying.

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Hudson007 2 years, 10 months ago

There are definitely too many fire districts in Bethlehem - consolidating them all or at least as a first step Slingerlands into Delmar makes sense. As for the referendum, the Fire District should have held it in November when many more people could have voted.

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Albanypaul 2 years, 10 months ago

Since there are so many fire districts in Bethlehem would you be willing to give yours up and have the VOLUNTEER fire personnel who respond to your emergency come from the OTHER end of the town to help you. If you can say yes then ok we'll get rid of your fire district and watch your homeowners rates go up (way up most likely). Keep complaining about the fire districts and soon you'll have something to complain about for real. There are sensible reasons why the districts are the way they are. Perhaps we should do away with Delmar and Elsmere fire districts and place them in Feura Bush to save money. No that won't happen Slingerlands and Selkirk will loose but Delmar will win. I think we all loose if this happens, should there be more then one emergency at a time which district do we short. How about three auto accidents all over the place, who do you suggest we respond to and who can wait. Maybe yours will be the one that waits and you will be the loser for your opinion. Emergency responder taxes are not really that much. Remember further distance to travel to emergencies, less emergency vehicles, less VOLUNTEERS = less then perfect responses (something you've come to expect) Just saying. . . . . be careful what you wish for.....

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