WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Township voters defeated a $2.26 million fire budget carrying a 1-cent increase in the fire district tax rate by a vote of 104-166.
The budget included two new paid firefighters and allows six paid firefighters per shift. Four would man the fire truck while two would serve as first-aid personnel.
Fire officials said adding firefighters would save money because the district would spend less replacing firefighters who are sick or on vacation.
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