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There may yet be hope

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By The Staff

There may be hope yet ... as long as they don't change their minds - again.

We believe the Fiscal Court's action at Tuesday night's meeting with regard to helping fund Rescue and E-911 services for the community is a positive step.

It's comforting to know that magistrates appear to believe in the benefits of a countywide Rescue and E-911. We certainly think those benefits outweigh the costs. Our emergency services are second to none - anywhere. And we shouldn't have to "make do" with less than what we have now.

Honestly, it really makes no sense to have two ambulance or dispatch services.

We believe the magistrates' voting to participate shows that they do want to work with the City. However, we are a bit hesitant to start the cheering until magistrates give their final approval to the contract. They have, as we saw recently, gone back on their word before.

Let's hope that doesn't happen again.

It's a shame to have to admit to hesitancy. But perhaps the City Council should keep that in mind and have some sort of backup plan.

As several have said, we are all in this together. Especially with the current state of the economy, and everyone suffering financially, we need to be working together instead of apart.

We hope we won't all be penalized by the County's refusal to raise the occupational tax we have all been paying, as the City will likely enact an additional tax.

Which way is going to cost the taxpayers more? Who knows ... perhaps it will all come out even.

We're just glad that if we need help, someone will be answering our call.