Voters in the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District on Tuesday are being asked to approve a $1.72 million bond issue for repairs and upkeep at facilities. This is a good investment for a growing community.

Voters in the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District on Tuesday are being asked to approve a $1.72 million bond issue for repairs and upkeep at facilities. This is a good investment for a growing community.

The district has been a good steward of its resources, stretching to meet the demands of growth in Blue Springs and Grain Valley. It has not gone to the voters for more money for nearly four years, and the amount is relatively modest. The bond issue would not raise taxes.

Much of the work here is maintenance: roof work, heating and cooling systems. But there are larger items, too. One-third of the money would go for drainage repairs at the station in Grain Valley. And the district, like other emergency responders, has to deal with mandates to upgrade communications.

This is the front line of public safety, and it’s important to keep up.