Mount Pleasant Fire Districts Propose 2013 Budgets

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First districts within the town of Mount Pleasant have filed their 2013 budgets. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

VALHALLA, N.Y. – Five separate fire districts within the town of Mount Pleasant have filed their proposed 2013 budgets with the town and public hearings already have been scheduled on four of the spending plans.

The Pleasantville Fire District is proposing a budget of $1,179,344. The district’s largest cost is $314,200 for apparatus. The district did not specify what the average household tax cost would be for residents living within the district. A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pleasantville Fire Headquarters at 75 Washington Ave., Pleasantville.

The Pocantico Hills Fire District is proposing a $215,550 budget for the upcoming year.  The district’s largest costs are $50,000 for service awards and $34,000 for building maintenance. An average tax rate per household was not specified by the Pocantico Hills Fire District and a notice of a public hearing for the budget has not been set.

A $721,753 budget for 2013 has been proposed by the Valhalla Fire District. Valhalla’s largest cost in the proposed budget is $129,990.50 for personnel services. An average tax rate per household was not specified in the budget.  A public hearing for the budget has been set for Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Valhalla Fire District office at 330 Columbus Ave. in Valhalla.

A $663,850 budget has been proposed by the Thornwood Fire District. The district’s budget includes $65,000 for equipment purchases and $85,000 for service awards. An average tax rate per household was not specified in the budget. A public hearing for the budget has been set for Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The hearing will be held at the district office at 770 Commerce St. in Thornwood.

The Hawthorne Fire District is proposing a $1,180,900 budget for 2013. That budget includes $385,800 for ambulance services. An average tax rate per household was not specified in the budget. A public hearing for the budget has been set for Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The hearing will be held at the district office at 25 Home St. in Hawthorne.

After the budgets are approved by the districts' Board of Commissioners at
the public hearings they are submitted to the town, which collects the taxes for the districts.

More information on the budgets and public hearings for each district is available on the Mount Pleasant town website. 

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TL12:

Know Susan that is not a good comment as you are an ex member of the Hawthorne Fire Company and your husband Fred is a 25 Year member it could be worse. Ex Chief Pete Caporale and a 43 year member until i retired and moved to Queensbury, New York. Keep on Truckin Hawtorne

TL12:

hawtorne corrected" Hawthorne "

Susan Briggs:

After reading this article about the fire tax in my community and how drastically increased it is in comparison to others, I felt compelled to forward it to my neighbors. There seems to be a great concern amongst us and we are hoping for a neighborhood turn out to voice our opinion and have these taxes lowered. It is difficult to live in this town and fire tax that is 1.1 million dollars is absolutely ridiculous.

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