TOM WARD - Single fire district, yes, but tax cap critical, too

TOM WARD - Single fire district, yes, but tax cap critical, too

I get the feeling it's not much more than sheer exhaustion that led Cumberland's Democratic Town Council, along with Republican Jeffrey Kearns, and Mayor Dan McKee, to finally come forward with what is an amazingly simple plan. After years of study and counter study, with ideas floated and pushback by firefighter unions and their district supporters, and with an eruption along the way in the North Cumberland Fire District, it has come to this. It's time to let the General Assembly abolish the town's four fire districts and merge them into one. Elect a board of seven to run it, and give them the authority to tax residents independently.


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