Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us | Subscribe | Yellow Pages
Prescott Valley Tribune | Prescott Valley, Arizona

home : opinions : editorials October 20, 2014


1/29/2014 9:38:00 AM
Editorial
Fire districts could relieve taxpayers

The Central Yavapai Fire District - which includes Prescott Valley in its vast territory - and Chino Valley Fire District boards are exploring a form of consolidation that would reduce administrative costs, increase efficiency, and remove duplication. Incidentally, those plans equal better, smaller government.

The end result would combine administrative efforts, and essentially the two firefighting efforts, into one entity. One has a new chief, the other needs one. Both have firemen, fire trucks and stations. Both organizations are researching the how, why and when of if this can work.

Plus, as Chino Valley Fire Chief Scott Freitag said at the recent CYFD board meeting, "What you're looking at is two governmental organizations that, for all intents and purposes, do the same job... (and) both organizations are short administrative personnel."

A first step happened Jan. 21 when the CYFD board suspended its search for a new fire chief, in case it does partner with Chino Valley. Why? It would waste money, time and effort when the position could become unnecessary.

Freitag, who was hired in September, added that "there's not a magic million dollars we're going to find today, but if we look 10, 15 years down the line, we will see savings."

As long as CYFD Interim Chief Scott Bliss is correct - that the plan must be "operationally sound," it must make sense financially, and the politics of the situation must work - the districts and their residents have nothing to lose and much to gain.

Unfortunately, when other consolidation debates have surfaced in the past, such as with school districts, not all of the parties involved knew of Bliss' three rules. Proper dissemination of information is required.

Go for it.

Related Stories:
• Central Yavapai, Chino Fire may unify admin


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Suspect killed by YCSO deputy (879 views)

•   Police pursue stolen truck through Prescott Valley (530 views)

•   Woman arrested in Burger King robbery (495 views)

•   Man accused of holding knife to woman's throat is now competent to stand trial, judge says (425 views)

•   Animals at large get residents 'barking' in Dewey-Humboldt (352 views)





Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Prescott Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast


Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
© Copyright 2014 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Prescott Valley Tribune is the information source for Prescott Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, pvtrib.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved