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    Post Fire Budget only a small piece of the pie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Halligan84 View Post
    Careful what you wish for, moving the election to November will bring the politicians into the act. Good luck on ever getting a budget passed too. Put the comparatively small FD budget on the same ballot with bloated school budgets and your dead. NJ has plenty of property tax issues, what you pay for fire service in most parts ain't one of em!
    The school board elections are about 3/4 of our total tax bill, 1/8 is for township police, garbage, road dept 1/8 for fire district budgets, and the rest go's to the county. So out of a $6,000 yearly tax bill , $ 5,000 will go to the school board . Our fire district yearly budget is only $ 400,000, for a all
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    . Our fire district yearly budget is only $ 400,000, for a all
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    Thats my point, why do you want to fight for your funding alongside the schools and politicians that have already ****ed the town off. Its always easy to vote no on funding issues and to vote out the incumbents

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    $400k? Try running on $75k.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    My department is a non-profit corporation, as are many volunteer fire departments in NC. We have a Board of Directors consisting of 5 volunteers of the department that are Captain or below. There are career personnel too, but may not be on the Board. The paid Chief is the CEO, who manages and runs the operation of the department. Our Board makes the final financial decisions and approves (or alters) the Chief's proposed budget. The Board appoints the Chief, and approves the Chief's career employees. Board members also enter into contracts and loans on the department's behalf. It works very well for us. The fact that everyone gets along is a big plus, and the Board has a great trust in the Chief too. Board members serve rotating 3 year terms. We employee 8 full time employees and have 24 volunteers.

    As we serve an unincorporated portion of the county, our funding is from an established tax district. Increases in fire tax must be submitted through the county, and there is a public hearing prior to approval. NC law sets the maximum tax rate for any fire protection district at a max of 15 cents per hundred. We have never had a tax increase have to be placed up for referendum.
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    Post It takes many Dollars to operate in New Jersey!

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    $400k? Try running on $75k.
    The $ 400K is our total operating budget for one year, out of that money we set aside about $ 25,000 - $ 50,000 for capital funds for furure vehicle purchases. So it can take up to 10 years to save for a new apparatus. Our insurance cost is over $ 40,000 for our trucks alone,and the water company for fire service is $ 38,000, township dispatching $ 34,000, a new trunked radio system $110K !...
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    Bones, not sure what the town picks up for you, but our hydrant rental is over 85K. 400K is a fairly low number for a fire district budget when you roll up all the costs that might be absorbed by the town and are invisible to you.

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    I am in my final year of a 5 year term in New York State,we have 5 members that are not paid but able to get reimbursed for milege. We set the buget for our fire District and we either raise, lower or keep the same rate on taxes for our buget,depending on the need for the upcomming year. We also oversee the LOSAP awards,and anything that money is spent on.For requesting items the Chief puts a proposal together with at least 2 to 3 bids and explains why the need a certain type of equipment.Our Board of Commissioners work with our Chiefs, as are Chiefs are in charge of scene and truck room. I might add that i am a active Firefighter/AEMT for 19 years and when responding to calls the Chief is in charge and I follow his orders during calls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halligan84 View Post
    Bones, not sure what the town picks up for you, but our hydrant rental is over 85K. 400K is a fairly low number for a fire district budget when you roll up all the costs that might be absorbed by the town and are invisible to you.
    We have 9 Fire districts in our township, our budget is the smallest of the nine at $ 400K. The highest is over $ 5 million dollars with paid firefighters, drivers ,& Vol members,and there fire tax rate is ( 69 cents per $100 dollars of assessed valuation ).

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