To my utter dismay and disappointment, the proposal for a half mil tax increase for Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue was denied by the Shohola Supervisors at the last general meeting on the basis that we, as a fire department, spend too much money. On that note, let us look at how our money is going to be spent regardless of a tax increase.


To the Editor:
To my utter dismay and disappointment, the proposal for a half mil tax increase for Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue was denied by the Shohola Supervisors at the last general meeting on the basis that we, as a fire department, spend too much money. On that note, let us look at how our money is going to be spent regardless of a tax increase.
STVF&R just purchased a $215,000 fire engine to replace an outdated, worn, and unsafe 26 year-old pumper. Unfortunately, the new truck could not be financed due to lack of support from the supervisors. We also need to replace most of our turn-out gear (essential for any responding person) to the tune of $2,500 per person and our radios need to be updated to meet federal regulatory standards at a cost of approximately $30,000.
While fuel prices have more than quadrupled over the last ten years and the cost of basic operations has tripled, our budget has remained constant. Station 1 on rt 434 needs an urgent remodel to accommodate handicap visitors and our aging equipment is in need of essential repairs.
In response to the supervisors denying the request to raise the fire tax a half mil (about $50 per household per year) I say thank you for helping to doom our fire department. Because of this lack of funding and support it is only inevitable that we will have to downsize the department and will be unable to provide the services we do now.
What kind of town do we live in where a personal vendetta can grow so out of control that two supervisors are willing to put residents in danger just to prove a point? Also, to date, the town has not provided the fire department with its current tax money from 2010. Now we are being forced to spend our only savings are being denied the funds we are entitled to and need.
Regretfully,
Brad Dellert, member of STVF&R