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Mailbag: Police are worth the extra tax

July 09, 2012

Some members of the current City Council want to eliminate some minuscule tax that partially funds the police ("Tax for pensions on ballot," July 5). Well, guess what! The Police Department is not owned by the HB City Council; it owned by me and the other HB homeowners. My property tax dollars are being put to good use, and I don't like it when someone starts to tinker with my police or fire department. I know that based on the cost versus effective value, we residents are getting a good deal on law enforcement. Just look around. HB has the finest beach in the U.S. and is a nice place to live. It's why we enjoy such great property values. And anyone with a basic understanding of law enforcement knows that the HBPD is viewed as the finest police department in Orange County.

That's why other police departments contract for the use of our helicopter; which is good deal for the HB residents. Those fees help to pay for Surf City's anti-crime helicopter capability. Reducing my property tax by a few grandstanding nickels is a joke. If a couple of folks on the City Council feel the need to mess with our police officers, then increase my property tax by a few nickels and buy another helicopter. I like HB, and I want a police department that has the tools to keep it that way.

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John F. Hill

Huntington Beach

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Important to have varied council

I do not believe that benefits should be taken away from Huntington Beach City Council members ("Council talks of cutting benefits," July 5). It is true that only those of completely independent means would be most likely to run.

However, $30,000 per member per year for health insurance is way out of line. What kind of health insurance costs that much per year per person?

I believe that health benefit cost should be renegotiated and reduced considerably. There can be a co-insurance amount from each council member if they choose to be on the plan. That should save the city quite a bit of money.

Sandra Fazio

Huntington Beach

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