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May 9, 2013

Aledo VFD president fights flames of what he calls misinformation, insults and lies about ESD annexation election

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Simply not true and what a slap in the face. The citizens will speak in the election. The whole reason for the request for annexation is to improve service and safety to our community. The Aledo VFD knows what those needs are. We are in the emergency services business and are trained for that purpose.

The small towns in this area have never concerned themselves with emergency service because they knew Aledo VFD was providing it. Now that Aledo VFD is asking the citizens of their fire district to approve a tax to support these efforts, there is a sudden interest.

It is all about the money! We presented ESD 1 with our plan for needed fire stations, full-time personnel, upgrades to equipment, etc., and the plan was approved. ESD 1 has committed to work to Aledo VFD’s plan to provide the infrastructure needed to respond to a growing district. The reason Aledo VFD selected ESD 1 rather than ESD 3 or ESD 6 was because they are the only ESD that can help finance improvements on Day One after the election.  Tax revenue won’t be paid until 2015. ESD 3 budget cannot support a district as large as Aledo’s.

“As a mayor, I cannot support the current annexation request as I believe it is vastly one sided and inconsiderate of the town’s future needs. If the citizens in Annetta want a higher level of service with full-time paid firefighters, a training facility, emergency medical services and ambulance, we have to plead with someone in Peaster or LaJunta to get it done.”

The mayor, again, is not accurate in his assessment. The board has guaranteed an Aledo seat immediately – no other ESD has done that. Also, two of the existing board members are tied to the Aledo community. That is more representation than you will get with any other ESD. The board member from Peaster has proven to be a thoughtful person who has the entire district’s needs at heart – not just Peaster. That is true of all the board members. LaJunta does not have representation on the board at this time. The mayor is making statements that he feels will sway votes – even if there is no truth to them. He has been “educated” but continues to make those statements. As an example, he was reminded last Wednesday that HB 1798 has been dead for six weeks yet continues to use that as a talking point.

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