Finance and Fire...let's go there

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Post by KevinNSaisi on Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:36 pm

The people of the Town of Rumford took away the first responder service through their (misinformed) vote. They knew the consequenses of their actions because it was a hot topic with much discussion and press coverage. The people had the ability to keep the service.
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Post by Timeout on Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:42 pm

I think you're right Kevin, but I also believe they took the selectmen's word for it.
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Post by KevinNSaisi on Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:02 pm

That's not how Greg's letter reads. He places full blame on the board.
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Post by Timeout on Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:21 pm

You may be right...I also place full blame on the board...lol. I don't really care whose fault it is - it needs to be fixed at the polls, not at a selectman's meeting.
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Post by KevinNSaisi on Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:27 pm

If you don't care whose fault it is, why are you laying blame and posting Greg's letter putting full blame (in a not so nice way) on the selectmen?
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Post by Timeout on Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:49 pm

Actually I also blame several on the finance committee and the town manager. But blaming isn't the issue. I would personally be happy to take the blame, just reinstate the program. I think most of us agree on that.
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Post by C on Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:18 pm

Does anyone actually have the numbers of how much money per taxpayer, per year that the first responder service costs?
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Post by marktripp on Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:08 pm

Does anyone actually have the numbers of how much money per taxpayer, per year that the first responder service costs?


I believe the answer is no. I can tell you that the difference in the 2 budgets presented last year was about 8 dollars on a 50k home. That was 90k, so if at the highest EMS is 10k it would be in the ballpark of 1 dollar on a 50k dollar home.
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Post by marktripp on Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:12 pm

The information I was given last budget season was that 1Millrate raised about 600k in revenue.
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Post by C on Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:54 pm

So am I correct in figuring that if my home were valued at $100,000. that I would be paying 30 cents a week for this extra lifesaving service for my household? Who in their right mind would vote against that? I think we'll be seeing some lawsuits if the powers that be don't work to reestablish this service.
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Re: Finance and Fire...let's go there

Post by Z on Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:42 am

Who in their right mind would vote against that?


C, the same people who voted against eleven cents a week for the new building for Med-Care. 6.4 cents a day. If these same people wanted to go just alittle bit further, they would eliminate public safety services completely.

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Post by KevinNSaisi on Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:03 am

Please don't misrepresent the facts. We have never voted upon a new Med-Care building. Many voted down the interlocal agreement based upon the fact that the building was planned and approved without a vote of the citizens. The Inter-local agreement provides no means for the citizens to make or deny such an expenditure. This was the problem.
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Post by Z on Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:55 pm

How many times was it stated that if Med-Care dropped the building, the interlocal agreement would be approved. The whole reason for that attitude was the building. If the building had been put to a vote, it would have been voted down. That would be because the people were led to believe that the new building would have bankrupted the town. The Board of Selectmen misrepresented the figures, as is coming to light on this other issue concerning public safety.

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Re: Finance and Fire...let's go there

Post by Timeout on Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:50 pm

Z - you are right.
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Re: Finance and Fire...let's go there

Post by KevinNSaisi on Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:57 pm

At the time I was quite informed of both sides of the issue. I spent time speaking with both Mr. Milligan and the Rumford Selectmen. The MedCare's viewpoint was that they were tired of waiting for a regional effort from the towns and needed a new building. The towns were upset that MedCare wouldn't wait for a regional effort, and had approved a new building without going to the voters. It was acknowledged that if a vote were taken the building would be approved by the voters. That is the inside scoop frokm each viewpoint despite what was heard on the street.
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