Fire. Some of you recall the article I wrote outlining the month that Nevada burned. Fires are common, as they are among our neighboring states of Utah, Idaho, California, Colorado, and Arizona. Small housing areas scattered throughout natural terrain add to the problems of response time and adequate coverage. Limited taxes in an economically strapped situation add a bit of danger to the nightmarish prospect of another fire. When the crews are out battling to save the surrounding areas, this leaves the community even more threatened.
Lyon County Question #2
Lyon County Question #2 asks the voters to approve a 24-cent increase on property tax, which would go directly to the Fire Department. The confusion results when the result is estimated to be $3.00 a month, or $36.00 a year. I was finally able to speak with someone who told me that the 24 cents is based on every $100 of assessment, which will average about $36 a year per household. We are definitely talking an extra-large combo pizza once a year per Lyon County family.
How does this affect Fernley?
There are two fire departments in Fernley. One is downtown, on Main Street. The other is out Farm District Road near the intersection with Hwy 50, by the golf course.
What plans are there if the assessment is approved?
Reduce response time, savings lives and property by having personnel at both stations 24/7
Provide safer rescue attempts for firefighters, to satisfy OSHA and/or NFPA requirements
Reduce the threat of liability and/or litigation, since mutual aid is far away
Provide overall better service for citizens, to include new fire engines and apparatus
I encourage every citizen of voting age in Lyon County to vote in support of this issue, even if they choose not to vote on others. We live in an area where fire is a common danger. Odds are good that you or someone you know will need the assistance of the Lyon County Fire Department in the future, if you have not used their services already. What is being asked for in tax money is less than a cheap carton of cigarettes, a mani/pedi, or an extra-large combo pizza. What’s your property, your life, your family worth? Vote with your heart. Vote yes.
County Question #2
Lyon County Fire Protection District