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RVFD Draft Budget Approval

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$2.5 million

RVFD Draft Budget Approved

Board Approved Budget 2012-2013

With no new major projects or purchases on the horizon for the coming fiscal year, the Rio Verde Fire District will be operating with a basic budget for 2012-13. The board voted 5-0 to approve a tentative budget plan at its May 14 monthly meeting. The proposal is a $2.5 million budget with $2 million alone for personnel wages and benefits.

Board Chairman Birdie Pasenelli asked that a budget item for a new fire engine be deleted from this year’s budget proposal. Commissioner Jerry Fickes noted that it would take more than a year to get a fire engine delivered, so the total would not likely be paid out in one fiscal year. Pasenelli said that with the construction of the fire station addition, now nearing completion, she does not think it would be prudent to go back out for another major capital expense this year. Fire Chief Gary Bradbury said a delay in purchasing a new engine would not be a problem, but

he said the board needs to include it in planning over the next couple of years. The truck they are looking to replace is already 10 years old and the ISO insurance rating agency normally keeps fairly close tabs on the age of equipment. Bradbury said they normally would need to put half the cost down when ordering a truck and pay the remainder on delivery. He said it is rather common to spread these costs over two fiscal years. The board did keep funding for a new cardiac monitor and some personal protective gear for firefighters in the capital budget. Residents who wish to review a copy of the detailed budget may visit the Fire District office at the fire station.

Other items

Bradbury gave the board an update on the fire station addition. He said work is wrapping up quickly and the facility should be ready for move-in by June 1. Bradbury explained the situation where a large amount of concrete poured for the driveway had to be removed and replaced. Some of the concrete arrived late in the day when it was beginning to get too warm to pour, and the contractor was shorted handed that day with people to finish the surface. The result was a bad pour of concrete that did not set or finish properly. He said the concrete contractor and supplier took responsibility for the situation and did the removal and replacement at no cost to the district. An open house for the new facility will be planned for next November in conjunction with the annual fundraiser. Three members of the board are facing re-election this fall including Fickes, Neal Vanselow and George Kattermann. They will be circulating nominating petitions in

July and August. Others interested in running for the Fire District Board may contact Debra Centrella.

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