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Creedmoor citizens, please donate to fire department

Posted on August 11, 2021

Updated on August 25, 2021

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The Butner-Creedmoor News welcomes letters to the editor of 350 words or fewer. Letters should be signed with the writer's name and hometown. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Phone numbers are not published. Email your letter to the editor to editor@butnercreedmoornews.com.

At the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners meeting, I read the message below, but would like to share it with all your readers in the hopes of helping the Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department:

The City of Creedmoor gave CVFD $153,060, the same amount it gave in fiscal year 2020-21. City employees got a cost of living adjustment increase of 2% this year and last year, and we won’t even give that to the fire department?

In addition to the cost of living adjustment, city staff get merit increases. Where is the merit increase for the CVFD for the lives they have saved in the past year?

Many people voiced their concerns on social media — but where are they now? Not in this room. The CVFD asked people to come and support them; there are only a few.

The county contributes $76,800 for fire and paramedic services. You may not be aware, but these volunteer firefighters are being trained as paramedics also. Some days there are calls for EMS and their board lights up and says “No ambulances in the county at this time.” So, if it is in their jurisdiction, our firefighters become paramedics and assist on calls.

If you live in the Creedmoor Fire District, please hear me now. I want every household — rented or owned — to send or deliver $100 to the fire department in the next 30 days to show them you really do support them. I am interested to know the results.

If you truly want the city to raise your taxes to avoid this situation again, we will. Just let us know by email or letters or phone contact. All information is on the city of Creedmoor website.

Georgana Kicinski

Creedmoor

This writer is an elected official on the Creedmoor Board of Commissioners.


CORRECTION (8-25-21): The Butner-Creedmoor News included a misleading headline with a previous version of this letter. The letter writer did not say Creedmoor residents must donate to the fire department; she only encouraged residents to do so. The headline has been updated.

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