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According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, no independent Volunteer department can be successful without raising funds from the communities in which they serve.
Last year we urged the MCVFD to put effort into raising funds to help supplement the needs of the department, especially from within unincorporated areas of the fire district that pay no taxes to support the department. Though at the time Mr. Jones agreed to do so, no action has been taken to follow through on it.
Even though more than seventy-seven percent (77%) of all fire departments in Texas are Volunteer and even though ninety percent (90%) of them are supported through fundraising, for at least the last two years the fire chief has refused to make any effort toward raising funds. In the video below he uses an ordinance that was passed just four months ago, which prohibits door to door solicitation, to justify his inaction. Previous to its passage, in addition to the fact that he’s done nothing for the two years previous to that, is that the ordinance allows an exemption for non-profit’s like the MCVFD. They simply need to obtain a permit.
The City Council had expected the fire chief to have been working on ways to ensure that the unincorporated areas begin to contribute to the services that they receive, such as through fundraising, but not only has no effort been made to do so, Mr. Jones now refuses to even sit down and talk about it, demanding instead that City taxpayers bear the full burden of keeping his fire department afloat for another year. (See “Mayor’s Update RE: Fire Department Contract“)