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Commissioners, Budgets Up for Vote in Saturday Fire District Election

Incumbents face no challengers in either of Toms River's fire districts

Toms River's two fire districts will ask residents for their votes on commissioners, budgets and equipment replacement when polls open this weekend.

In contrast to a heated election season last year, all incumbents in both districts are unchallenged in the 2013 vote, which happens from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, according to the Office of the Ocean County Clerk.

In District 1, which is comprised of the East Dover, Ocean Beach and two Toms River fire companies, two commissioner seats are available and incumbents Craig Ambrosio and George Convery are running unopposed for the three year terms. 

Just one commissioner seat is open in District 2, serving residents of Pleasant Plans and Silverton, and incumbent Kevin W. Britton is seeking reelection. 

District 1 residents will have the opportunity to vote on a $7.2 million 2013 budget, with $4.7 of that to be raised by taxation. In District 2, residents will vote on a $4.3 million 2013 budget, with $2.9 million to be raised by taxation. 

District 1 residents also will be asked to vote on the following questions:

  • Shall the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 1 in Toms River Township be authorized to appropriate $450,000 for the purchase of replacement fire apparatus? 
  • Shall the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 1 in Toms River Township be authorized to appropriate $150,000.00 for the costs of capital equipment damaged by Super Storm Sandy which is not covered by the district’sinsurance or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)?
  • Shall the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 1 in Toms River Township be authorized to appropriate $29,250 representing Fire District No. 1 share of the total cost of $45,000.00 for the purchase of (2) Fire Prevention vehicles?
  • Shall the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 1, Toms River Township be authorized to appropriate $55,250 representing Fire District No. 1 share of the total cost of $85,000 for the roof replacement and repairs, window replacement, electrical enhancements and upgrades at the Toms River Township Fire Academy?

The following questions will be voted on by District 2 residents:

  • Shall the Commissioners be authorized to purchase an utility body vehicle in 2014 not to exceed $55,000?
  • Shall the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 2 in Toms River Township be authorized to appropriate $15,750 representing Fire District No. 2 share of the total cost of $45,000 for the purchase of two (2) Fire Prevention Bureau vehicles? 
  • Shall the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District No. 2, Toms River Township be authorized to appropriate $29,750 representing Fire District No. 2 share of the total cost of $85,000 for the roof replacement and repairs, window replacement, electrical enhancements and upgrades at the Toms River Township Fire Academy?

Sample ballots containing the interpretive statements for each question are available in this article's media box (to make the ballots larger, click "Fullscreen" above the document, then right click and select "Zoom In").

notasellout February 15, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Fire Districts and Fire Commissioners represent the most useless layer of an already over bloated government. Vote everything down and start filing petitions to dismantle this unnecessary collection of takers.
Martin February 15, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Commissioners are paid salaries for their part-time "work" and we taxpayers foot the bill: 2 sets of commissioners, 2 sets of election costs, 2 sets of useless year-round overhead costs.
SB Girl February 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
How convenient...no notice of election til the day before and then the print on the interpretive statement is in red print and extremely small type...so no one can read it!! This is just another example of waste in Toms River!! Why isn't this election in November so things would be on the up and up?
SB Girl February 15, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Once again, the Fire Election is not announced until one day before the event…on a holiday weekend, no less…with no explanation of what is included in the budget…talk about transparency and open and honest elections??? Not saying we don’t need the fire department or that the budget is inflated, but it would be nice to know what is included and why on a high level…Just like the election in December 2011, where the Commissioners wanted to spend $1m for land for a new firehouse…we just want openness and honesty so we can vote intelligently!!
Concerned February 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM
11.5 million$ plus the extras WTF , just following the B of Ed money grab from the sheep of TR. watch the results, they'll pass 300 to 5 in a town of 100k people
Laurence Hecker February 15, 2013 at 01:36 PM
The fire district election was advertised weeks ago, not days before the election. If the commissioners were subject to criticism it would be for not doing more for the underappreciated volunteer firefighters.
TRWatch February 15, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Paying to put out a fire at town hall. http://www.app.com/article/20130215/NJNEWS2003/302100018/TR-harrassment-claim
Al February 15, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I got my sample ballot in the mail weeks ago. In fact the township actually reached out to me and sent me a vote by mail application, I returned it, and I received my ballot. The interpretive statement was not difficult to read.
ortleysmellslikebunker February 15, 2013 at 05:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3bkhpx2YwM
PJ Ortley February 15, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I live in District 1 and never got any notice of an upcoming election. Where do I go tomorrow to vote?
Mark February 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Toms River barrrier island homeowners pay over 1 million dollars for fire protection ( through their property taxes) but Toms River Fire District # 1 contracts with Seaside Heights Fire Dept at a cost of about $100K for barrier island fire protection. What's the other $900 K used for????????
Jim L February 16, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Regardless of when it was sent out or your feelings towards the commissioners it the firefighters that suffer when the budget that don't get passed. From the equipment they use to the gear they wear. The firefighters in this town are very well trained and provide a great service to all the residents of Toms River. The least we could do is support THEM!!
grace February 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM
toms river is so corrupt i cant stand it anymore..seriously its just snowballing..one thing after another..that can ritacco opened
grace February 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
seaside heights does a great job with their fire dept..i am impressed with them especially during sandy..they did some job! the chief should be congratulated for sure
George February 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I never got a notice about the Silverton fire district election, the budget and how it will affect the taxes I pay, where and when to vote, etc. This should be combined with the November school and municipal elections. Then more people will know about it and go vote. Perhaps they'll even vote to combine the 2 TR districts, and eliminate the thousands of dollars in annual salaries and benefits of several useless fire commissioners. We're all waiting breathlessly... did the unopposed commissioner win and did the annual budget pass, mostly with the vote of firefighters? Patch, please give us the "breaking news."

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