04/21/14 791 W - + 9 - 6 Notes on Wake County's Fire Tax District Budget

As this prior posting notes, the Wake County Fire Commission meets on Thursday, to discuss the proposed FY15 budget for the Fire Tax District.

Though I was unable to attend any of the budget committee meetings, the agenda packet provides useful insight into the issues presently facing the fire commission and county fire service.

Here’s my summary and notes on what’s included in the document. Since I am playing connect-the-dots, feel free to advise corrections or contextual omissions. Lots of moving pieces here.  

Fire Tax

Fiscal Governance

Two Budgets

Fiscal Goals

Lack of Standards

The FY15 Budget Recommendations

The FY15 Capital Projects

Revenue Limitations

What’s Needed for the Future?

How to Contain Costs

Ideas for containing costs in the system of fire departments funded by the Fire Tax District:

Make Sense?

Every year they have came up with an excuse not to fund new positions. There are some departments that run with two firefighters per shift. When are they going to learn that two firefighters on a truck is not sificant. We need more people. The good ole days of people jumping off the tractor or employers letting people off work to run a fire call is over. They need to fund more positions.
Fire bug - 04/21/14 - 21:57

@Fire bug, I doubt anyone will disagree with you but take it a step further. In order to fund those positions, what are you going to cut from the budget? Remember, revenues are decreasing and its doubtful the tax will be increases, so you need to cut your spending to fit the new positions in the budget. So what would you like to do without? Its easy to say we need more positions, but you’ll have to give something up to get it. And then, how do you decide who gets the positions? Sure, maybe the department who makes the cuts, but is that truly the greatest area that needs the positions?
Fire fly - 04/22/14 - 01:02

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