The Board of Directors of the Central Coventry Fire District will present a $6,270,340 budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 to the voters at their Special Meeting on , at . The budget will be presented for approval and it does not include the need to raise any additional taxes.
This special meeting is the result of , where the district voters level funded the fire district budget at the fiscal year 2010-2011 rates. The voters then asked for another meeting to be held in six months in order to approve an official budget. The purpose of the level funding was the high uncollected taxes from previous years that the voters asked the District Board to become more aggressive in collecting such.
The District Board along with its tax collection office worked hard to bring in uncollected taxes and have been successful in bringing in a significant portion of the outstanding balance.
"We worked hard to control expenses, reduced some of our planned expenditures into the future, and worked aggressively to bring in delinquent tax payments," explained Chief Robert Seltzer, spokesperson for the fire district. "The result was the ability to put together a budget that requires no additional tax revenue. The tax revenue billed out in October is enough tax money to cover the operating budget for the entire fiscal year.”
Central Coventry voters level funded the fire district back in October, which meant tax bills that were sent out for fiscal year 2011-2012 were identical to those sent out in the previous fiscal year of 2010-2011. In essence, the Central Coventry Fire District taxes had a 0% increase from 2011 to 2012.
Editor's Note: View the proposed budget in the attached PDF.