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    Lancaster approves Fire Protection contracts

    As was expected, the town by resolution authorized the Fire Protection contracts with the four companies that serve Lancaster – Bowmansville, Millgrove, Twin District and Town line.

    While negotiations were in progress, and delayed for language reasons, the fire companies continued to respond to emergency calls.

    The two-year contract agreements call for no increase in town revenue support for fire protection. A public hearing on the matter was held at the last town board meeting. Only one resident spoke on the matter and recommended the board sign the agreement. No one from the public spoke opposing the agreement.

    Supervisor Dino Fudoli declared that the fire companies understood the need for fiscal responsibility at a time when taxpayers were being overburdened and the economy was in decline. “This is great news for the taxpayers.”

    The contracts are retroactive to January 1, 2012 and expire on December 31, 2013.

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    Originally posted by Lee Chowaniec:
    Supervisor Dino Fudoli declared that the fire companies understood the need for fiscal responsibility at a time when taxpayers were being overburdened and the economy was in decline. “This is great news for the taxpayers.”
    That is great news to us taxpayers. Hopefully, the unions will also consider the taxpayers plight and start contributing to the healthcare benefits.


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    So how much is budgeted in general for fire protection?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WNYresident View Post
    So how much is budgeted in general for fire protection?
    That was already posted in a prior thread - $3.01 million.

    The Town of Lancaster held a public hearing on the terms of agreement negotiated between the towns’ four Fire Protection Associations. The two year contract agreement calls for a two year freeze - the same amount as provided the four Fire Districts in the 2011-12 contracts.

    The Town of Lancaster agrees that it will pay to the said BOWMANSVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE ASSOCIATION, INC., for such services, as follows:
    (a) By April 1, 2012: $1,141,527
    (b) By April 1, 2013: $1,141,527

    The Town of Lancaster agrees that it will pay to the said MILLGROVE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, INC., for such services, as follows:
    (a) By April 1, 2012: $103,093
    (b) By April 1, 2013: $103,093

    The Town of Lancaster agrees that it will pay to the said TOWN LINE VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, INC., for such services, as follows:
    (a) By April 1, 2012: $727,045
    (b) By April 1, 2013: $727,045

    The Town of Lancaster agrees that it will pay to the said TWIN DISTRICT VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, INC., for such services, as follows:
    (a) By April 1, 2012: $1,039,967
    (b) By April 1, 2013: $1,039,967

    In total the four associations receive $3.01 million for fire protection services.

    Only one resident offered comments on the four contracts, the writer

    My budget archived data goes back to 2001 – 11 years ago and indicate the following:

    In 2001, the Fire Protection Contract (for all four associations) was – $1.67 million

    In 2011, the Fire Protection Contracts totaled $3.01 million

    The percent increase in that time frame was 80.2%; an annual average of 7.3%. The fire companies received some generous contracts that allowed for brand new fire facilities and equipment.

    At the same time residential home construction grew by 1604 within that time frame – a 9% increase.

    Fire Protection Services are but one component of the budget

    The $3.01 million makes up the major budget of the $3.76 million budget.

    Workers Comp has increased by 63.4%; a 5.76% annual increase.

    Service Awards Programs has increased by 66.7%; a 6.1% annual increase; 20.37% over last year’s budget. Service Awards are the town’s pension payouts.

    Although total budget spending will increase by 1.29% in 2012, because of the increase in taxable assessed valuation the tax rate will decrease by 1.13%; or 2 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

    With a two year freeze on Fire Protection Contracts, this is a step in the right direction towards fiscal responsibility and I recommended the town approve the fire protection contracts at the upcoming meeting.

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