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Service Reward Hikes on Ballot in Fire District 3

The fire district elections will be held Saturday.

In addition to asking residents to vote on the Fire District 3 budget this year, Saturday’s ballot will include a question to raise the Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) contributions to $1,000 per firefighter.

The four districts in Bridgewater Township will be holding their individual elections Saturday to choose commissioners and request approval for their district budgets.

The polls will be open from 2 to 9 p.m.

Residents voting in the election will be asked to decide whether they would like to allow for an increase in the fixed contributions paid to deserving firefighters as part of the LOSAP, which was established in 2005.

According to the program, volunteer firefighters are rewarded with monetary prizes for their loyal, diligent and devoted services to the residents. There is a fixed annual contribution for each volunteer member that meets certain criteria.

In the question for voters, the commission is requesting approval to raise the annual amount to $1,000 for each firefighter deserving of the reward.

As for the budget itself, the request is for $864,127, with $862,627 to be raised by taxation.

In addition, residents George Jones and Ed Smith are running for two three-year seats on the commission.

District 3 is for residents living in Country Hills, Green Knoll or North Branch.

Residents can vote at the municipal building on Commons Way.

Mike Umbris February 12, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Please vote AGAINST fire district #3 Budget. The Green Knoll fire company has REPEATEDLY refused to publicly open their finances in light of the T-Mobile controversy they are involved with. This group has uprooted the goodwill in their community by harassing seniors with coughing and verbal abuse during their testimony at the zoning board, and further I was witness to the Chief of the Green Knoll FD get into a physical confrontation with an objector at their Zoning Board hearing. Vote NO on their budget as a message that Green Knoll Fire Company must disclose their financial dealings with Large Corporations if they are to accept tax dollars. They can not have it both ways. Vote NO.
john long February 12, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Agreed!
Mike Umbris February 12, 2013 at 01:59 PM
This controversy with Bridgewater Township has already reportedly cost taxpayers $40,000 in legal fees, VOTE NO on FIRE DISTRICT #3 Budget. If Green Knoll Fire Company wants tax dollars they must play by the same rules as other organizations. VOTE NO on Fire District #3 Budget. Send a message- enough secrets.
Mike Umbris February 12, 2013 at 02:03 PM
"As for the budget itself, the request is for $864,127, with $862,627 to be raised by taxation." If you want tax dollars, you must show your finances. Taxpayers want LINE ITEM detail, just like every other organization that takes taxpayer monies. VOTE NO ON SATURDAY.

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