Vote "No" on December 15th

The Toms River Fire District 1 is holding a special election on December 15th that they do not want the taxpayers to know about.  There will be no sample ballots, little public notice and only one polling place open (the Toms River Fire Company #2 on West Water St.).

 

The special election is to appropriate $1,022,000 in the 2012 budget for the purchase of two lots on the corner of Hadley and Hooper Ave.  This property will be used to build a new mega town owned fire house which will replace the two volunteer owned fire houses downtown.

 

Listed below are reasons why they are afraid to let the taxpayers of Toms River know about this special election:

 

1) The $1,022,000 in surplus needed to buy this property could be used to lower the fire tax in these economic hard times.

 

2) This is only the first of two special elections planned.  The second one is for the building.  The Fire Commissioners say they don't know what it will cost.  How do you start a project without knowing the total cost?  Either you know and do not want the public to know or you don't which is even worse.  Most modern fire houses cost at least $8 million to build.

 

3) Lastly the Fire Commissioners will own the building instead of the volunteer firefighters making it much easier to get rid of the volunteers and turn it into a paid fire company.

 

Nels W. Luthman Jr. 

 

 

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I have never posted on any opinion related to a fire company issue before because whatever it takes for a fire company to move forward to protect YOUR home...YOUR business...YOUR life..Your families...then I have to assume it has been researched and is necessary.

 

You want your fire taxes down? Did you know that each fire company takes out a mortgage and pays for their building and all of its expenses? Did you know that all of these men and women give up days, hours, holidays and even their lives to protect yours? I am writing this with not enough information as is the same as this writer has provided. I can only say that if these elected officials have made a decision that something is necessary, then back them up.

 

And as far as paid fireman? If that were to ever happen which I do not think many of the volunteers want this...than it is because all of these VOLUNTEER fireman have jobs in which they get paid for to provide for their families. They give of whatever time they have left in their lives to provide the township and all of you a safer place to live.

 

Remember...the buildings are not free...they have mortgages and rely on fundraisers/small amount of fire tax each of us provide...and for what? SAFETY.

If you talk to many of the volunteers from the two fire houses that they are closing, they are not in favor of this new fire house. They own their old fire houses and have a lot of tradition at both places.

Secondly, I went to the fire commissioner's meeting. Asked them about what type of building and the total cost of the project. They said they didn't know. They couldn't even give me a ball park figure. How do you plan for such a large project without knowing the cost or at least have an idea?

Lastly if you want to have a fair and transparent election, you should inform everyone about what you want to do. Then let the public debate it and vote. They didn't do this. Not only did they not in inform us, they made it hard to vote by only opening one voting place. Normally I vote in my own fire house in East Dover. They are making everyone from 34 districts including the beach go down town to vote.

 

 

Wow, that is not cool. First off the cost of two lots off Hadley and Hooper is no where near $1,022,000. Thats some  BS, who is the current owner of the lots...The township???? As a TR resident this is just 1 more reason I am not in politics.


I second this thought....I mean how does anyone spend over 7 figures on land and not have any idea of the associated costs of building, thats a load of BS, try 8 million for a firehouse.
Nels W. Luthman Jr said:

If you talk to many of the volunteers from the two fire houses that they are closing, they are not in favor of this new fire house. They own their old fire houses and have a lot of tradition at both places.

Secondly, I went to the fire commissioner's meeting. Asked them about what type of building and the total cost of the project. They said they didn't know. They couldn't even give me a ball park figure. How do you plan for such a large project without knowing the cost or at least have an idea?

Lastly if you want to have a fair and transparent election, you should inform everyone about what you want to do. Then let the public debate it and vote. They didn't do this. Not only did they not in inform us, they made it hard to vote by only opening one voting place. Normally I vote in my own fire house in East Dover. They are making everyone from 34 districts including the beach go down town to vote.

 

 

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