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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.

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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