The South Fire District is a self-taxing district whose residents must vote each year on the budget for fire protection. This contrasts with the Middletown (central) fire district, whose budget is approved by the Common Council.
The South Fire District budget referendum is today, from 6AM to 8PM. Residents can cast their ballots at the Fire Station.
The proposed budget is $4,606,932, a 5.5% increase over last year's budget. The three items most responsible for the increase are insurance, salaries, and "Capitol [sic] Non-Recurring". The mill rate on South Fire District properties will rise 2.1%, from 3.574 to 3.648.
The 2012/13 budget is available HERE, through the SFD website.