Tuesday, April 28, 2009

South Fire District Approves Budget

From Edward Creem:

Voters in Middletown's South Fire District have given overwhelming approval to the proposed 3.8 million dollar budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. In day long balloting today the budget was approved by a 3 to 1 margin, 801 Yes to 267 No. At a brief meeting following the vote, the Board of fire Commissioners formally adopted a mil rate of 3.377 for the coming fiscal year, a slight decrease from the current mil rate of 3.381.
The new budget will allow the South Fire District to increase staffing by 3 firefighters. The salaries and benefits for the three additional firefighters will be less than the cost of the overtime that would have been necessary to maintain minimum staffing of 5 firefighters and one Lieutenant on each Platoon.

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