District 1, which is served by East Dover, Ocean Beach, and Toms River Fire Co. 1 & 2, asked voters to approve a $7.3 million budget, and failed by 16 votes in February's election day.
There were 399 no votes, and 383 voted yes.
As a result, the budget will be decided by the township council. The public hearing on the budget is scheduled for tomorrow's town council meeting, at 6 p.m. in town hall.
After the hearing is held the council will decide the fate of the budget at future council meetings. Tomorrow's meeting is a chance for the public to weigh in on whether the council should cut from the budget and where, or if it should stay the same.
According to the Fire District 1 Business Administrator Brian Kubiel, who is also member of the town council, the tax rate for district 1 grew slightly over 2011.
The tax rate for 2011 was $0.0404 and the 2012 rate as proposed is $0.0428.
The fire budget pays for the administration, equipment, insurance and hydrant rental, among other expenses.
Attached is the 2012 budget as it was proposed for voters. Also attached is a budget comparison of 2011 to 2012, as prepared by Kubiel.
The Feb. 18 election saw a defeat of the proposed budget, as well as a challenger winning over the incumbent by a small margin. Several appropriation questions passed and are not part of tomorrow's discussion.