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Budget, All Four Questions Pass in Toms River Fire District 1

The $7.2 million budget was passed, 187-117.

The voters in Toms River's first fire district passed the proposed $7.2 million budget when they went to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 16.

In District 1, the proposed $7.2 million budget passed by a vote of 187-117. The budget calls for $4.7 million to be raised by taxes.

Incumbent Commissioner George Convery was reelected with 260 votes, while incumbent Commissioner Craig Ambrosio was reelected with 252 votes. Both ran unopposed.

Voters approved each of the four questions, as follows:

* $450,000 for the purchase of replacement fire apparatus by a vote of 288-72;

* $150,000 toward the costs of capital equipment damaged by Superstorm Sandy, which is not covered by the district’s insurance or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), by a vote of 229-57;

* $29,250 toward the purchase of two new fire vehicles, by a vote of 208-90. The total cost is $45,000; and

* $55,250 toward 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, by a vote of 218-82.

Martin February 18, 2013 at 01:09 PM
How much will taxes rise to pay for that $4.7 million this year? Has District 2 been heard from with its Saturday election results? "The voters... when they went to the polls..." would be more accurate if it said "about 300 people -- out of 25,000 -- bothered to vote because fire elections haven't been combined with school and municipal elections in November to save taxpayers money and boost publicity and participation."
Concerned February 18, 2013 at 01:56 PM
When will this scam stop?
PJ Ortley February 18, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Crooks
LiveinTR February 18, 2013 at 05:39 PM
I thought they were suppose to send out notifications / sample ballots in the mail about elections? I never got one for this. Truely a scam
Deeznutz February 18, 2013 at 07:30 PM
U people make me sick complaining about volunteer fireman who risk their lives for FREE!!!! I HATE PEOPLE LIKE ALL THOSE ABOVE WHO COMMENTED !!! Remember during Sandy these same ppl who worked 24/7 for free ,&now their "crooks&scammers" ,no u ppl are just cry babies complainers get a damn live losers!!! I,HATE U PEOPLE!!! They deserve way more thats the only taxes I don't mind paying b/c my house burns or my family friends crash they'll glady risk thier lives to save mine&sadly ur's too !!!
Martin February 18, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Wrong, Deeznutz! We're complaining about the COMMISSIONERS and the extra costs of the separate elections every year. Why should we pay for an extra layer of bureaucracy? They don't contribute anything to fighting fires or making volunteers' lives safer.
Community Informer February 19, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Actually Martin, most Commissioners are either current or previous firemen and it is not a full-time salary they dont get paid much at all. And the reason they do their elections in February not November is to try and keep politics out of it as much as possible. How would you like it if all of the volunteers quit and TR had to hire all career firemen? Your taxes would go up exponentially! Instead of focussing on the minimal portion of your property taxes, because fire budgets only account for a couple hundred dollars per year per tax payer, you should focus on the real crooks: the school board and administrators who are sucking our wallets dry. I dare any of you on this forum to go to app.com's data universe and compare your school districts to your fire districts then call the brave men and women in the fire service crooks.
Deeznutz February 19, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Martin u want to complain about scams,look at all the backdoor deals coming outta the White house!!! Thats hurting ur pocket more than anything,thats what I worry about,a President in his SECOND TERM &STILL HAS NEVER PASSED A DAMN 1 YR BUDGET!!!! WTF !!! Thats what u should be concerned about I am!!! LOL
Community Informer February 19, 2013 at 05:27 AM
letsgetreal, the commissioners own the fire trucks, if anything the fire companies are charging them the rent. That is how it is in most towns. The fire company and fire district are two completely separate entities. The fire district provides fire protection for the town through taxation to pay for the equipment, training and insurance; the fire companies provide the volunteer manpower (and the building in some districts). It may seem like a scam to you because you sound uninformed about the whole process. Maybe you should go to a few of the monthly commissioner meetings (they are a public forum) and ask questions so that you know what is going on and don't sound like... with all due respect... an idiot.
wookfish February 19, 2013 at 01:30 PM
mostly the fireman and their familys
Community Informer February 19, 2013 at 05:26 PM
wookfish, if that is how you feel then you should do something about it. Get out and vote, inform people about when it is and why it is important, and write your Congressional representative to find out how this election can be moved to November; it is not up to the fire districts/commissioners it is up to the tax payers and voters.
Sue February 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM
"Only a few hundred dollars a year" for EACH of a handful of commissioners in both districts... and soon you're talking about a lot of taxpayer money (thousands per year) for this unnecessary extra layer of bureaucrats, their offices, separate election days, monthly public meetings (never publicized), etc., etc. They don't fight fires. The volunteers do the real work! Don't give us that "keep politics out" crap, because a TR councilman is double-dipping at the public trough in District 1 (the "brain?" behind last year's secret referendum. The whole system needs to be reformed. Make it transparent to taxpayers and move elections to November -- then create one combined TR fire district and put it under the twp. administrator for more cost-effectiveness.
dedicated vol. February 21, 2013 at 12:45 AM
You people amaze me. The last thing you want is it put under twp. Administrator. They will take the money and use it for purposes not intended. It would be wasted on there own agenda and not on the fire dept. It's this way for a reason. If toms river went to a paid dept taxes would go through the roof. You would have to build more fire stations to cover the ISO requirement, ISO is system used to rate towns for fire insurance purposes, being volunteer prevents that cost increase. Don't forget salary, health insurance, pensions. So don't complain unless you want to pay a fire district tax as high as school tax.
Community Informer February 21, 2013 at 05:09 AM
Sue, who do you think supplies the volunteers with all of their training, PPE, apparatus and the like? Who pays for the insurance? Who makes sure that everything is up to par per the NFPA and OSHA standards (both required by law)? Not a township administrator. You really don't realize how much work fire commissioners do. Yes they attend at least one meeting per month, but they also do other things on their own time. Also one single taxpayer will not be paying into both fire districts unless he or she owns property in both district. You only pay fire tax on the district in which you live. The Twp. Adinistrator has enough on their plate already, which would require hiring a new person for this position, that new persons salary would probably be about what the commissioners are making now - combined. Fire Commissioners do not make a full-time salary, they make more or less $6K per year. You do not know twhat you are talking about Sue, so maybe you should attend a commissioners meeting ( which is a public forum... just because it is not televised like some towns council meetings are doesn't mean they are not public). If you have questions, they can answer them. Dissovling both districts and placing oversight upon the mayor and council is just ludicrous.

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