Article 18 - 4 additional full time Fire Fighter/ EMT's  (135 Views)  (1 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Selectmen

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1138 1603 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No

Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $414,616 for the purpose of employing 4 additional full time Fire Fighter/ EMT's for the Hampton Fire Department, over and above those positions funded by the 2019 operating budget, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to apply for, contract for, accept and expend Federal Homeland Security SAFER funding, estimated to equal $276,405 to be applied against said appropriation. The cost in year two is estimated to be $390,062 with Federal funding estimated to be $290,446, and in year three the total cost is $397,622 with Federal funding estimated to be $138,187. Federal SAFER grants pay for salary and benefits. This article shall be null and void if the Federal funding is not approved or received? (Majority vote required).

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0

Not Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 2-4-2

Fiscal Impact Note (Finance Dept.) The estimated 2019 tax impact on $ 138,211 is $0.041 per $1,000 valuation (four point one cent per thousand dollars of valuation).

 

 

Posted in: Unfavorable, Money

Comments

# Jerry Znoj Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:03 AM
I'm not in favor of this article! The grant mitigates the full-up cost for 3 years. Once that 3 year period is over the town's operational budget will be up approximately $500,000 from that period on ! This article and why it is being presented needs much public discussion and analysis. I'm of the impression that the majority of calls to the Fire department these days are ambulance related and this is the topic that needs exploration. We do need ambulance service no doubt ( as good as we are currently being serviced) but are we achieving it in the most cost effective manner ? I have my doubts.

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