Fire district budget hearings set for next week

10/10/2013 10:00 AM |

All five fire districts within Southold Town will hold public hearings next week on their proposed 2014 budgets.

Fire districts are the taxing entities that fund local fire departments, which are mostly run by volunteers but receive tax money for items such as equipment, facilities and some paid employees.

Following is a breakdown of the budget proposals and the hearing times and locations.

Southold

The proposed budget calls for $1.86 million in spending, up 1.64 percent over 2013’s $1.83 million budget. Of that amount, all but $22,800 will be raised through taxes, a 1.64 percent increase over the current year.

The public hearing on the budget will take place Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Southold fire station at 55135 Main Road.

Cutchogue

The proposed 2014 budget is $1.32 million, 3.5 percent over the current budget of $1.28 million. All but $1,000 will be raised through taxes — a 7.3 percent tax levy increase over the current year.

The public hearing is Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Cutchogue firehouse at 260 New Suffolk Road.

Mattituck

The proposed 2014 budget calls for $1,854,805 in spending, a 1.78 percent increase over the 2013 budget of $1,822,281. The entire budget amount will be raised through taxes.

The public hearing is Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Mattituck Fire Hall on Pike St.

Orient

The proposed 2014 budget calls for $657,545 in spending, up 9 percent from the current budget of $602,920. The amount to be raised through taxes totals $608,295 for 2014.

The public hearing will be Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Orient firehouse at 23300 Main Road in Orient.

East Marion

The proposed 2014 budget calls for $609,996 in spending, down 1.2 percent from the current budget of $610,783. Of that amount, $509,035 will be raised through taxes, a 0.5 percent drop from the current year.

The public hearing on the budget will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the East Marion fire station, 9245 Main Road.

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