05/16/07 307 W, 2 I - + 17 - 15 Other Proposed Budgets

For the rest of Wake County's municipalities, here are more proposed budgets. Or attempts at finding proposed budgets. Not all municipal web sites are create equal.

Apex, not readily found on town web site.

Fuquay-Varina, not yet available on Administration department page.

Garner, nothing about fire spending readily noted on their Annual Operating Budget page and expectedly so.

Holly Springs, unwieldy budget document notes ten added FD personnel: three BCs, three Captains, Three FFs, and a trainer/inspector. What else of note?

Knightdale, not readily found on town web site.

Morrisville, budget document notes no staffing changes or capital expenses, and a nice summary of the stats and objectives. The Public Safety Center project is also detailed, with $5.7 mil of the expenses in FY2007. Looks like new construction is no longer planned, but the purchase and conversion of an existing building. Fire Administration will relocate immediately allowing for Station 1 renovations.

Rolesville, not yet available on budget page.

Wake Forest, only a budget message available on their budget page. Fire is summarized as "The Wake Forest Fire Department requested funding in the amount of $2,862,784 for the coming year. This would require a tax rate increase of more than $0.04. The tax rate for fire service is recommended to remain unchanged. The Department has made significant changes in its request this year as compared to previous years. In this next year alone, they want to hire 20 full time firemen. Over the next five years they want to build, equip and staff three (3) more fire stations with a rumor the chief is considering a fourth. We have included funding for an impact fee analysis for fire services capital needs."

Wendell, not readily found on town web site and probably will not include much detail beyond amount of contracted fire protection.

Zebulon, not yet available on Town Documents page.

So RFD staffing/personnel expenses are roughly $38 Million to staff 28 stations and the County has about $18 Million to staff over 40 stations (if you count every station, not just department). I’m a not mathematicianbut that doesn’t add up. Meanwhile the WC school bus operations can’t account for even more funds while the fire service suffers because the school system takes most of the revenue. IMPACT FEES!
Guest - 05/16/07 - 08:44

If you look at the HS budget, the BCs, captains, and the trainer/inspector (?) are not recommended by the town manager. The three firefighter positions are recommended for a half-year, which I would assume means hiring them after the first of the calendar year, actually getting them on board around February or March, so that would actually post a ‘savings’ in the budget. I’ve seen that done many times before in other places.
DJ (Email) - 05/16/07 - 08:46

Let’s all remember, the city/town manager has the sole task of balancing the budget. They really don’t understand the importance of Batt. Chief’s or minimum staffing requirements, because of the “mirage fire station” theory. The public can see a fire engine in the firehouse, sitting all shiny and everything is fine. Little do they know that only 2 people are riding it.

Our line of work doesn’t affect people like crime getting out of control, or trash piling up on the streets. We do our job, and we do it to the best of our ability with the hand we’re dealt, 2 person staffing and all. Will it take us pulling up to a fire with 2 person staffing and sitting on the bumper to wait for back-up? Yes, but that’s not our nature. But, if it was to happen, you’d see things change and people would then realize that we need manpower, just like the cops do.
Silver - 05/16/07 - 10:09

Also, there are those in the public that consider parks, recreation, libraries, and more to be just as important as fire protection, law enforcement, and EMS. And of course everything on the county level is eclipsed by the ongoing debate over how to address the school system’s issues.
DJ (Email) - 05/16/07 - 11:56

Bring on the toll roads and higher property taxes for Wake County home owners.
Mike - 05/17/07 - 11:22

Any more $80,000 brush trucks on the list?
Concerned Taxpayer - 05/17/07 - 13:29

Knightdale’s proposed budget includes a new pumper, and a new fire station: http://www.easternwakenews.com/front/sto..
Legeros - 05/31/07 - 06:12

Holly Springs’ approved budget included three 1/2 firefighter positions (but none of the other requested positions), two Hurst tools, hose, pagers, turnout gear, and replacement of a 1997 Chevy Tahoe budgeted at $30,000. The requested replacement ambulance ($125,000) was not funded.

The link: http://www.hollyspringsnc.us/dept/financ..
Legeros - 06/07/07 - 06:45

Wake Forest’s budget was approved this week, and included a 1% increase to help pay for fire department funding: http://www.newsobserver.com/nrn/story/61..

Never did find any Apex budget information on the town’s site. How weird and seemingly secretive is that?

Knightdale has a PDF budget summary on their town’s site: http://www.ci.knightdale.nc.us/07-08%20b..
Legeros - 06/22/07 - 04:47

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