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Letter to the editor:

Public safety officers should receive fair compensation

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I moved into the Chartwell subdivision in 1998. I know firsthand the quality of our police officers and firefighters. And it is a sad thing that none of the firefighters live in Johns Creek.

Having participated in both the Johns Creek Citizens Police Academy and the Johns Creek Citizens Fire Academy, I know firsthand what these men and women go through.

What I would like to see is a nominal tax of no more than $100 that is collected each October when the tax bills come due, with those monies to be specifically divided among all the active police officers and firefighters.

I figure this could add at least $8,000 to $10,000 per year to the salary of those brave men and women. Any monies left over can go to support the police and fire departments with additional resources. And, $100 would most likely not financially impact any household. Yet, this money could help cover the cost of a mortgage payment for a home in Johns Creek.

There has got to be some way to help out those brave men and women. Why do they risk their lives every day for a community that some cannot even afford to live in? Where they want to live and raise their family is their decision. But let’s at least let them know that we appreciate them, and that they deserve more.

– Larry A. Benator, Johns Creek


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