Small Tax Increases in Fire District Budgets

The polls open at 2 p.m. Saturday. Read on to find out where and what you're voting for.

Both of Moorestown's fire districts impose only minor tax increases in the budgets that will go before voters on Saturday.

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. 

Additionally, two people are running for two open seats on the board of fire commissioners: incumbent Charles Schuster and Bradley J. Kenney.

Over in District 2, voters will be asked to OK $702,612, an increase of $6,374 (or 0.9 percent) from 2012, said administrator Liz Booth.

Three people are running for two open seats on the District 2 Board of Fire Commissioners: incumbent Jacqueline M. Grant and newcomers William F. Ruggiano and Jonathan Tabaco. The terms are for three years.

Voters in District 2 will also be asked to approve 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. Funding for both expenses will be provided from the unrestricted reserve fund balance, Booth explained.

Due to the fact that the township just went through a reassessment, the exact tax rate for each district can't yet be calculated, since it will likely change as a result of the reassessment.

The polls open at 2 p.m. Saturday and close at 9 p.m. District 1 votes at the firehouse on Main Street, while District 2 voters should head to the Lenola Fire Hall on Lenola Road.

For more information about the District 1 budget, visit their website or check out the attached PDF. 

NoComment February 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Part of what your insurance company uses to determine the premiums for home owners insurance in a given township is the ISO/PPC rating which basically grades the fire departments, with large portion of that grade being based on the vehicles that the department has. http://www.iso.com/Products/Public-Protection-Classification-Service/Fire-Suppression-Rating-Schedule-FSRS-manual-for-PPC-grading.html
Voting District 12 Exile February 15, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Ditto to what NoComment said, I was mid-type when he/she posted and was going to reference the ISO. The loss of this engine should not have a negative impact on the department's ISO rating. The decision, for the enlightement of all, was formulated more or less over a year ago, to wit: http://moorestownfire.org/htmlfiles/documents/2012Newsletter.pdf
Voting District 12 Exile February 15, 2013 at 04:19 PM
This is one of those questions that is tantamount to asking what time it is and getting an answer that tells you how to build a watch. It started in 1879, and District 2 came into being in 1925, with modifications being made from time to time. http://ecode360.com/10345507
Voice of Reason February 15, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Snow should be removed in exactly the way it is currently done. The most busy roads first and the least busy last. If you find it dangerous to drive in the snow, you are doing it wrong, and probably going faster than you should. Honestly, side streets and most residental roads (besides bus routes) should be put off until the main roads are finished completely. IMHO.
NoComment February 15, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Just to clarify I was not saying you were ignorant, but rather the idea that the only time all the trucks are used is during the Christmas Parade. Yes as was stated earlier I am aware they are looking at not replacing one of the engines, but I don't think they would have agreed to that if it were to have had an affect on the rating.


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