Firefighters, Officers Push For Tax Money

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Firefighters and police officers are coming together to ask for help from one Southern Colorado town.

The group is called Puebloans United for Public Safety. They aim to get a question on the ballot that would call for dedicating city tax money to the police and fire departments. It would not raise taxes.

The group says getting the initiative on the ballot is critical because their response times are getting slower, manpower is short and equipment needs to be replaced.

"We're asking to have more able bodies on the street that are fresh; we have fire trucks that don't have hoses on them...when you get to the basic necessities like that, yes, I'd say we're at a critical point," group spokesman Damian Pritz said.