Cherry Hill NJ Fire Budget Growing Without Tax Increase

The proposed budget for Cherry Hill Fire District No. 13 (NJ) is going up about half a million dollars for 2013, but Cherry Hill taxpayers won’t see a tax increase.

Coming in at $25,505,823, about half a million dollars more than the 2012 version, the budget calls for $22,027,945 to be raised in taxes–essentially flat as compared to last year.

The budget will likely have to be amended following a special meeting, which will determine whether roughly $2.6 million is spent on new fire apparatus out of a capital reserve fund.

Fire commissioners chair John Vaughan Jr. said putting new trucks into service is part of the district’s rolling plan to replace equipment on a 10-year basis.

With the money coming out of a capital reserve fund, it means the district won’t add to its debt service to get new apparatus on the road.

The fire commissioners are scheduled to take a vote on final adoption on Jan. 3, 2013, ahead of the annual fire district election, which is slated for Feb. 16, 2013.

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