Fire Taxes Totaling $1.76M Up for Vote in Montville

Annual election will be held Saturday.

Annual fire elections are Saturday, when Montville Township residents can vote on their respective fire district's proposed 2013 budget and elect members to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Each of Montville Township's three fire districts—Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook—has its own five-member board that creates budgets and collects property taxes to maintain and support the town's volunteer fire departments.

The proposed tax levies this year total $1,764,505. If a budget is voted down, as Towaco's was in 2011 for the first time in history, it is sent to the township governing body for review. All of the budgets passed last year.

Montville is one of only three towns in Morris County, along with Hanover and Parsippany, that has fire districts.

Polls are open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the local firehouses:

  • Fire District No. 1 (Montville): Montville Fire Department, 108 Main Road, Montville
  • Fire District No. 2 (Towaco): Towaco Fire Department, 27 Whitehall Road, Towaco
  • Fire District No. 3 (Pine Brook): Pine Brook Fire Department, 47 Bloomfield Ave., Pine Brook

Fire district numbers are on property tax statements, and the boundaries are described on the township website.

District 2012 Levy
Proposed Levy Dollar Increase Increase Montville (1) $567,480 $570,600
Towaco (2) $646,620 $653,905
Pine Brook (3) $540,000 Same

The fire commissioner elections are uncontested this year. Fire commissioners serve three-year terms. The ballots have room for write-in candidates.

The Candidates

  • In Montville (Vote for one): James Berry
  • In Towaco (Vote for one): William E. MacStudy
  • In Pine Brook (Vote for two): Ronald R. Cain Jr. and Timothy J. Wright
Pitzification February 17, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Max, it was posted on the TVFD website, not too mention that its posted by Jake on this very article.
Maxim Sapozhnikov February 17, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Jason, unfortunately you're either mistaken or lying. The only number in the post is the TOTAL; I need a line item budget. Second, Towaco FD either does NOT have the budget, or doesn't have it linked.
Kathy February 17, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Max, let me help you, go to www.towacofd.org, home page, click on bottom link on left hand side, it says Board of Fire Commissioners, when page opens, click on drop down choice of Budgets, you will now see budgets for 2010 - 2013. Click on the Budget you would like to review. And do not say it doesnt work, because everyone else has been able to locate i and open it. You appear to be the only one. I want to thank the volunteer firefighters from Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook, they are dedicated individuals that respond to calls 24/7. I dont know whay you have such a negative attitude towards these men and woman, I for one and thankful for them. I know you will come back with a negative comment, you always do, it may be because of your ignorance, I do not know. But enough is enough. Maybe the Patch pays you to make negative comments on the majority of their articles to get readership up. And as the majority of posts have said each Fire District has open public meetings and they are also listed on their individual web sites. Please go to the meeting in your Fire District, ask your questions and they will answer any question you may have, this inviation is to all residents of Montville Township.
Maxim Sapozhnikov February 17, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Kathy, thank you very much. You are the first person who was actually helpful. I am glad to see that Towaco FD is also online. Now, Renee, could you please satisfy my curiosity... What kind of supplies cost your department $105,000?
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