The five fire districts throughout Howell will have their annual elections tomorrow when residents will have the chance to elect their respective members of the Board of Chosen Fire Commissioners and vote on their annual budgets.
For residents in Fire District #1, also known as the Squankum Fire District the annual budget proposed for election totals $1,125,544 of which $1,030,744 will be raised by taxation. According to information on the township's website $185 thousand is for "non bondable equipment and $190 thousand is for Capital Appropriations. This is expected to lessen the tax rate from last year according to Commissioner Tom Matthews.
Fire District #2, also known as the Adelphia Fire Company has proposed a budget of $1,634,400 according to information provided on the Township's website. Of that total $1.4 million is expected to be raised by taxation.
Residents in the Southard section of town, also known as Fire District #3 will be voting on a budget of $1,581,242 of which $1,481,242 is expected to be raised by taxation. That total includes $20 thousand for the HAZMAT/Dive Team and emergency services as well as $55 thousand for capital improvements.
In Ramtown, Fire District #4, the total appropriations in the budget is listed as $1,584,267, of which just $744,012 is expected to be raised by taxation. The budget on the township's website lists $634,267 in operationg expenses and $950 thousand in capital appropriations.
The Freewood Acres Fire Department, Fire District #5 is presenting its residents with a budget with total appropriations of $798,385. The amount to be raised by taxes is $655,652. Their budget also includes $75 thousand in non refundable assets and Capital Appropriations including $129,657 for a truck lease.
The voting will be open at the respective fire houses from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. "or longer if necessary according to the township's website.