In response to "Promised Riverbank fire station unbuilt," (Oct. 30, Letters): Although there is an obvious need and there was some discussion regarding a new fire station in the Crossroads area, the fact is there has never been enough revenue generated by the development to staff another fire station in Riverbank. The 2007-08 cost of personnel alone would be $956,889, or an additional charge of $382.75 per house annually.
In 2004, the special benefit assessment was voted in by the constituents. Nowhere in the engineer's report was it planned to fund additional stations. The primary function of the assessment was to secure the district's ability to continue to provide fire protection by enhancing staffing in our current stations, and ensuring the costs associated with providing the services were shared accordingly.
The district is working toward providing additional stations through community facilities and services districts. This will ensure future growth pays for the increased demands on the district, and not burden the existing residents with additional costs. The engineer's report is located on the district budget tab of the fire district Web site, www.scfpd.us.
fire chief, Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District