Chesterfield Twp Residents To Vote for Consolidated Fire Commission Today
By Ben Wolverton
February 16, 2019 – 2:18pm
Katelyn McElmoyl, a lawyer with Park McCay, tells WBNC News that once the election of a new board of Commissioners is complete, the consolidation of the 2 districts will be finalized. The local finance board approved the consolidation with the agreement that fire protection services still be provided to the part of Hamilton once served by Crosswicks Fire.
“This agreement must be executed and provided to the Local Finance Board prior to the consolidated fire district’s submission of its 2020 budget to the state,” McElmoyl continues. “This condition will be satisfied in the near future as representatives from Hamilton Township and the consolidated fire district are presently finalizing the agreement for review and execution by the Hamilton Township Council and the newly elected Board of Fire Commissioners for the consolidated fire district.”
At a meeting last October, Former Chief Wilson detailed the estimated fiscal impact of consolidation. District #2 (mostly made up of Chesterfield homes) would see an annual tax increase of approximately $80. District #1 (mostly made up of Crosswicks homes, including much of the newer developments) could expect an increase of approximately $23 per year. Wilson explained that since District #2 has never paid for career firefighters, their taxes would increase when combining with Crosswicks Fire Company.