Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the Editor
Support for Wallace’s stance on fire mill

June 06, 2012

Dear Editor,

Neil Wallace's letter "Fire millage," May 23, provided an insightful synopsis of Independence Fire and the professional approach the department has made to providing fire and emergency services to area residents.

Since the expansion of emergency services in 2000, the department has been deferring equipment upgrades, cost cutting, reducing personnel, and deferring contractual wage increases while still providing the level of professional services that we have come to expect and appreciate.

During the upcoming August primary, the voters will be presented with two millage proposals.

The first proposal is the renewal of the existing 3.1688 mills for four years. The second part is a request for an additional .59 mills which will allow for the operation of a third ambulance, restoring three positions and capital replacements. It would add $59 per year on a $200,000 home or $5 per month.

What would each of us be willing to pay for the added protection of our homes and loved ones?

Neil Wallace has clearly demonstrated his belief in the Fire Department many times over. He actively worked on passage of the millage for fire and ambulance services in 2000. This same level of commitment carries over to all of the endeavors Mr. Wallace has been involved in during his life in Independence Township.

As part of the Citizens for Fire Safety – Independence Township, I firmly believe that each dollar spent by the Fire Department is well spent and returned to the citizens many times over. In order to continue the high level of professional services provided, I am asking for your support in the upcoming August primary.

If you are interested in helping on the committee, passing out flyers, posting a yard sign, or making a donation, please contact me 248-625-9741 or

Joel DeLong

Independence Twp. Fire Safety committee