We have talked to members of the insurance community regarding homeowners insurance. It is clear that the cost of your homeowners insurance is based on the proximity and capability of your local fire department.
The East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District covers 250 square miles and protects over 100,000 citizens. If Measure S fails, they will close three of the remaining six district fire stations. This means from eight to nine firefighters on duty per day to cover the territory mentioned above.
These closures will have a significant impact on response capabilities of the fire district, therefore impacting response times and the rates charged for fire insurance in the affected areas. The rate increase can be very significant and well above the amount proposed in the parcel tax initiative.
Ask the community of Morgan Territory what happened to them when their station was closed. They were able to come to the fire board meeting and demand that their station be opened when this happened to them. This will not be the case if Measure S fails.
There will be no money to open the stations back up once folks realize that their insurance companies have denied further coverage, demanded full payment of home loans or quadrupled their insurance rates. You will be stuck with the consequences for a while before the parcel tax could be represented to the voters for a revote.
Please stay informed regarding this issue. Not only can it cost you life or property via a fire or medical emergency; it can cost you a lot more than the $197 a year.
Not a “scare tactic” but a fact!
For more information, visit www.protecteastcountyfire.com.
President, Local 1230
Contra Costa Professional Firefighters