As the fire chief of the St. George Fire Protection District, and on behalf of our board of commissioners and all our employees, I wish to thank the voters of our district for approving the 4 mill property tax renewal on the Nov. 6 ballot.

This measure provides about 25 percent of our operating budget. Its renewal is of vital importance to maintaining the level of fire protection and emergency response capabilities our citizens expect and deserve.

We thank you for your expression of confidence in us to continue being good stewards of your tax dollars. We will work hard to remain worthy of that trust by continuing to provide a very high level of professional service and by spending your tax dollars wisely.

Gerard C. Tarleton, fire chief

St. George Fire Protection District

East Baton Rouge Parish