We were quite pleased to hear the cooperative tones struck by Wake County commissioners in their meeting last week with Garner council members, when the two bodies met to discuss issues of common interest.
Chief among those issues, of course, is how to most fairly fund the needs of the Garner Fire Department. The town and the county have been funding the independent agency based on a formula that takes into account how much work the department does in the town limits and how much it does outside Garner’s corporate boundaries.
That seems to be a reasonable approach, but in the past the two sides have not always seen eye-to-eye when it came to funding additional expenses such as replacing equipment and keeping pace with salaries within the fire market.
Commissioners expressed a desire last week to work toward a solution and, most importantly, looking for a way to shoulder a fair share of their burden.
The proof, as it always is, will be in the pudding. Commissioners will ultimately have to act. But they went a long way last week toward accepting a partner’s role in an important public safety marriage.