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Firefighting budget of $54,312 is submitted

FARMERSVILLE The Farmersville Fire Commission presented a $54,312 budget for 2006 during a meeting of the Town Board on Monday night.

The figure, which will be added to the Town of Freedom's $13,578 budget share for a year's total budget of $67,890, represents an increase of about 1.5 percent from 2005. The budget will be made a part of the town's 2006 spending plan, which is currently being prepared by Supervisor Fritz Zuech.

Bill Kozak Jr., chairman of the Farmersville Fire Commission, said he did not know how many mutual aid ambulance calls in nearby towns were answered by Farmersville's emergency technicians during 2005 but promised to provide the data when the board meets in October.

In response to questions from Town Board members, he said previous service problems seem to have been alleviated and manpower is efficient for Franklinville ambulance calls.

The town is considering a $21,000 ambulance pact for Franklinville's services for the coming year, $2,000 over the amount approved in 2005.

Zuech presented an early draft of the 2006 budget, which he described as a "wish list." He did not project a total spending figure for 2006 and also noted account balances are yet to be known.

However, the current draft features a 3 percent wage increase for the highway superintendent and road workers, $500 raises in annual pay for each of the two town justices and some increases in retirement, insurance, zoning costs and buildings. A $3,600 increase in general revenue is expected, Zuech said.

The board is expected to vote on a final budget in early November. A public hearing on the plan will be scheduled.

The board also aired a a report from highway Superintendent David W. Kinney on possibilities for paving the Town Hall parking area this fall.

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