Chariho School Parents’ Forum

September 9, 2009

Fire Tax

Filed under: 1 — Editor @ 7:53 pm

I’ve gotten some comments about the Ashaway fire district tax. I was as surprised as the next guy. My bill went from about $170 last year to $270 this year. Maybe the next time someone wants to spend tax dollars we should make sure they know the costs involved. I just thought I would start this post for people to comment on it.

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  1. A little lower in HV but not much. Remember the days when the fire dept. took contributions and had fund raisers? Now like every other government group they take and take and take and take. I read somewhere it would be cheaper to let houses burn down in RI rather then pay as much as we do. Instead of fire trucks we could train to save people and let property burn. I wonder if it really would be cheaper? Anyway no sense fighting it. We love our teachers, cops and firemen no matter how much they gouge us.

    Comment by Concerned — September 9, 2009 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  2. Hi!
    The governing board of the Ashaway Fire District will meet this Tuesday at 7 P.M., at the fire station. It begins a new year for us. The Ashaway Volunteer Fire Association and Ashaway Fire District are two distinct entities. Tuesday will start a new year as officers will be sworn in, with only one change: John Donahue, a Ashaway Volunteer Fire Association member will replace Keith Roode as a Fire Commissioner.
    The officers of the Ashaway Fire District starting this Tuesday are:
    Moderator Ronald Kennedy, Brian’s father
    Fire Commissioners-Three
    Kathy Schmidt, who I assume will be Chair again, term expires in 2011
    Scott Bill Hirst,myself, term expires in 2010
    John Donahue,term expires in 2012
    Clerk-Linda Holman
    Treasuer Joyce Smith
    Tax Collector George E. “Perky” Mayhew, Jr.,.
    The increase in the fire tax is a result of the cost of the new fire station additions, for the great part. I was not on the building committee.
    Fire district meetings are essentially fire related people with some or very few non fire related people. Last year we had a hard time getting a quorum. The quorum is only twenty. The fire district is and really not a hot press topic. Only The Chariho Times had a reporter at our annual meeting.
    The annual meeting is the third Thursday in July starting at 6:30 P.M.,. Please make note of it. Voters are registered voters in the Ashaway Fire District or taxpayers in the district whether they reside here or not.
    Interesting fact between the two fire districts in Hopkinton is this:
    Ashaway Fire District————————————– Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire District
    1.Takes in only Hopkinton territory 1. Takes in Hopkinton and Richmond territory
    2.Chief elected by fire association not district 2. Chief selected by district governing and
    is “full time” Chief
    3.Governed by three Fire Commissioners who may or may 3.Governing by Fire District Directors which I not be active firefighters.Only one is and will be. recall are five. Active firefighters in the
    district prohibited from serving as a
    Director.
    4.Treasurer and Tax Collector are elected. 4.Treasuer and Tax Collector are appointed.
    We do have a Charter Revision Committee in the Ashaway Fire District with four firefighters and three non Ashaway firefighters on it. This really needs to meet. Ronald Kennedy is Chair. Raymond Schmidt, Vice Chair, Kathy Schmidt, Secretary or Clerk; Ronnie Sposato,Keith Roode,Chief Mike Williams. and myself.
    Regards,
    Scott
    401-377-4643
    scottbillhirst@yahoo.com

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 11, 2009 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  3. what the heck are yourambling on in your manifesto there SBH???

    Comment by what the heck? — September 11, 2009 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  4. What does the 18% tax increase in Hopkinton have in common with the 35% fire tax increase in Ashaway? Both increases came with Scott being on the boards. Is this a pattern or what?

    Comment by Concerned — September 12, 2009 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  5. Hi!
    The tax increase in Hopkinton was impacted in cuts in state aid among other things, and indeed the surplus. I can hold my own with the best who have demanded accountability and fiscal responsibility in the schools and town.
    The increase was influenced by the new fire station which I was NOT on the building committee. The media and non fire connected people generally have no real interest in covering fire district matters. Since fire districts have taxing authority, and it is almost exclusively firfighters and their family members sometimes, that gives them in an powerful position. The firefighters have a much stronger position at a fire district meeting than teachers and parents with children in school when the annual Chariho district meetings were held.
    I apologize for the garble look in my comparison about the two fire districts above. I will use better formats in the future. The first 1. is for Ashaway and the following 1. is for Hope Valley-Wyoming through the various numbers.
    Two other things:
    1.Commissioners Meeting tomorrow evening,Tuesday, September 15Th, at 7 P.M., including swearing in of new officers at Ashaway Fire Station.
    2.South County Republican breakfast this Saturday,September 19Th, at Wood River Inn in Wyoming. Richmond is host this month,. Every month a different town hosts the breakfast. Starting time 8:00 A.M.,. Town reports are given and a breakfast is enjoyed. Reservations suggested but not required. Paul Michaud is local Richmond GOP Chair.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 14, 2009 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  6. Scott Bill- Was that the Clark Garble “look” or the Betty Garble “look” ?

    Comment by Thurm Silks — September 14, 2009 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  7. Hi!
    Correctly Gable and Grable. I am not a great typist! I will make it easier or least try to do so for the public on fire district matters.
    I did send a letter to both Chariho Times and The Sun right before the annual Ashaway Fire District meeting. The Sun published it the next day. The Chariho Times did not but that paper had a reporter at our annual meeting, The Sun did not. I assume since I e-mailed my letter the Monday to both ppers that is one reason it did not get published in The Chariho Times.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 14, 2009 @ 12:58 pm | Reply

  8. “Hi!
    The tax increase in Hopkinton was impacted in cuts in state aid among other things, and indeed the surplus. I can hold my own with the best who have demanded accountability and fiscal responsibility in the schools and town.”

    Hold your own????? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!! Oh scott….if you only understood what paying taxes was really like you’d shutup about holding your own…

    Comment by what the heck? — September 14, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  9. “I can hold my own with the best who have demanded accountability and fiscal responsibility in the schools and town.” Scott Bill Hirst

    Demanding fiscal responsibility is one thing, BEING fiscally responsible is another.

    Comment by give me a break — September 14, 2009 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  10. Hi!
    I will always remember my two million dollar cut in the budget AFTER I was defeated for re-election in 2004 while Hopkinton Town Council members offered NO motions!
    Recently as a member of the Ashaway Fire District Charter Revision Commission I have pressed for an appointive tax collector and treasurer that woould enable the governing board to make the appointment, be responsible for those selected, have some criteria and expectations, in those selected. Also non residents could be selected. Unfortunately we deadlocked.
    As a town council member I think I could be described as picky. I remember years ago with the then director of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association on their funding at a financial town meeting. I lost!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bil lHirst — September 15, 2009 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  11. from what i always heard, you never read your packet. picky?? how picky were you when you raided the surplus?

    Comment by what the heck? — September 15, 2009 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

  12. SBH –

    “I remember years ago with the then director of the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association on their funding at a financial town meeting. I lost!”

    What in the world are you talking about?????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Comment by oh man — September 15, 2009 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  13. It was about a small amount of money for them in the town budget.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — September 15, 2009 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  14. Hi!
    The next meeting of the board of fire commissioners on Tuesday, October Monday, October 19 at 7 P.M., at Ashaway Fire Station. We are having the charter revision present present. The future of this commission is in question and has not met much. We have a public comment part of the agenda.
    FYI!
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 2, 2009 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  15. Hi!
    For your further information the board of fire commissioners meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 P.M.,. The annual meeting is the third Thursday in July starting at 6:30 P.M.,.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — October 2, 2009 @ 12:22 pm | Reply


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