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Budgets Pass in Both Moorestown Fire Districts

One incumbent fire commissioner and one newcomer were elected in each of Moorestown's two fire districts.

Voters approved budgets in both township fire districts Saturday, translating to small tax increases for property owners. 

In Fire District 1, the budget passed by a vote of 103-44. Incumbent Charles Schuster and newcomer Bradley J. Kenney won seats on the board of fire commissioners, each receiving 126 votes. 

The total budget for Fire District 1 is $2.27 million, of which $1.77 million will be raised by taxation—an increase of just $767 from 2012, according to administrator Chris Chesner. 

Residents approved Fire District 2's budget by a wide margin, 106-16, according to unofficial results. Incumbent Jacqueline Grant and newcomer William Ruggiano won three-year terms on  the district's board of fire commissioners, defeating newcomer Jonathan Tabaco. 

District 2's budget is $702,612, an increase of $6,374 (or 0.9 percent) from 2012, said administrator Liz Booth.

Voters in District 2 also approved the repaving of the parking lot of the Lenola Fire Station at a cost not to exceed $70,000, as well as the purchase of a replacement vehicle for the fire official at a cost up to $38,000. 

Anthony February 17, 2013 at 05:45 AM
We need to move these elections to November, the low turnout is sad and not helped by the fact its on weird times on a random Saturday
Townie February 17, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Anthony makes a good point. When 300 people vote on a $3m issue it makes you wonder if there's a better way. Half of those votes were probably involved with the fire department. I don't think the outcome changes, but the special timing seems odd.
Volunteer February 17, 2013 at 02:32 PM
By law the vote is the same time every year. Does that really seem to be special timing? At least you CAN vote on our budget!
Sparky February 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Blow the whistle here... A good truce would be to move these fire elections to the primary elections. Those elections happen every June. We can have from 6am to 8pm to vote. At least there would be something else to vote for that day. We completely forgot about these elections, but someone after church reminded us. These elections aren't well understood when they are. Do they really have to be in February?
Community February 17, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Move these elections to November like we did for school board. When I voted yesterday at Lenola we voted on paper ballots in booths that were falling apart!
Phil February 18, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Election time is mandated by the state. They gave towns the option to move the School elections but nothing else. If you want to complain, complain to your state senator and assemblymen.

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