Should the City Council accept $2.3 million in federal grant
money and rehire six firefighter positions for two years?
THIS WEEK’S WEB POLL:
Should the City Council accept $2.3 million in federal grant money and rehire six firefighter positions for two years?
■ No. We will be a bigger city in two years and betting on the economy to get better in order to continue funding these positions is not a responsible decision.
■ Yes. But only under the condition that the positions be temporary and
used exclusively to augment current overtime.
■ Yes. My greatest concern is what happens in two years.
■ I’m glad we’re getting it, but when the 2 years are up, if there are no further grant funds or sufficient city funds, these firefighters will be looking for jobs elsewhere.
■ Yes, but only if the union accepts the position that if the city cannot financially maintain the positions at the end of the two-year period, that they must go away.
■ Yes. As long as they have a solid retention plan for post-funding.
■ If the funding is directed at building or sustaining city services that otherwise would not be in place, then rehiring firefighters to further ensure the community’s safety is money well spent.
■ NO. Two-year, non-repeating federal funding will not fix the bigger retirement funding issues that GFD must solve.
■ Yes. After sitting in the City Council meeting it looks like a win-win situation for both.
■ Yes! Can’t see anything but good from this money. Go for it.