It appears the town staff and City Council are trying to create an issue that realistically doesn't exist. Call it another example of "fake news." Brow beating the residents on a non-issue is inappropriate. Even if the town won, residents would continue to pay exactly what they are currently paying in property taxes. However, out of that, the county could redistribute the funds to other public agencies, but not one penny would be returned to the residents. This is an important thing to know.
Bottom line, the newsletter should share both sides of the story, allowing the fire district to share their thoughts. Better yet, the whole issue should go away, as it appears there is no practical way to accomplish this, even if Atherton miraculously got a groundswell of support to move forward. There is no moving forward, as the options before them appear to be unfeasible at the local, county, regional and state level. From what I'm hearing, limited city resources should be used to address more practical and urgent issues.
Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park
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