Subcommittee pushes for consolidated fire district budget of $6.1 million

Subcommittee pushes for consolidated fire district budget of $6.1 million

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UMBERLAND - Hundreds of meeting hours, thousands in consultants' fees, and endless water cooler conversations later, the town's push to consolidate four independent fire districts comes down the tax rate.

Will Town Council members, meeting in a special session next Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m., agree to start a new department off with $6.1 million budget?

If so, firefighter layoffs are likely, but the new town-wide fire district tax rate will be held to within pennies of the lowest-taxed district, North Cumberland.

That's recommendation of the council's own subcommittee headed by Councilor Scott Schmitt who says pushing the new tax rate much beyond the $1.68 of North Cumberland raises doubts about those taxpayers' incentive for approving the plan.


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