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Fire Taxes Totaling $2.8M Up for Vote in Parsippany

Annual election will be held on Saturday.

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

Each of Parsippany's six fire districts—Mount Tabor, Rainbow Lakes, Lake Parsippany, Lake Hiawatha, Rockaway Neck and Parsippany-Troy Hills—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 $2,819,582. If a budget is voted down, it is sent to the township governing body for review.

This year, some Parsippany districts also have special questions seeking approval to purchase a generator and set aside money to buy new fire apparatus.

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

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

  • Fire District No. 1 (Mount Tabor): Mount Tabor Fire Department, 909 Tabor Road
  • Fire District No. 2 (Rainbow Lakes): Rainbow Lakes Fire Department, 1 Rainbow Trail
  • Fire District No. 3 (Lake Parsippany): Lake Parsippany Fire Department, 255 Halsey Road
  • Fire District No. 4 (Lake Hiawatha): Lake Hiawatha Fire Department, 39 North Beverwyck Road
  • Fire District No. 5 (Rockaway Neck): Rockaway Neck Fire Department, 650 Edwards Road
  • Fire District No. 6 (Parsippany-Troy Hills): 60 Littleton Road
District Proposed Levy Mount Tabor (1) $411,166
Rainbow Lakes (2) $267,500
Lake Parsippany (3) $381,280
Lake Hiawatha (4) $472,725 Rockaway Neck (5) (Eastern Parsippany)
$822,346 Parsippany-Troy Hills (6) (Central Parsippany)
$464,565

The Candidates (A sample ballot for District 2 was not available from the county)

  • District 1 (Vote for two): Joseph Resciniti and Paul Eisenberg
    • Special Question: Authorize accumulating reserve funds over several years to buy new fire apparatus?
  • District 2 (Vote for one full three-year term)
  • District 3 (Vote for two): Gabriel A. Yaccorino and Robert Yeager
    • Special Question: Authorize purchasing and installing a new generator for a sum not to exceed $50,000? Purchase to be made with funds on hand that have been set aside for this for this purpose. There will be no increase in taxes for this purpose.
  • District 4 (Vote for two full three-year terms): Robert G. Schneider and John J. Wieners. (Vote for two unexpired two-year terms) Brian Sysko and Byron Tracey
  • District 5 (Vote for two): Daniel E. Umana and Robert J. Campbell Sr.
  • District 6 (Vote for two): Mark G. Krevis and David Martinez.
    • Authorize spending up to $25,000 in 2014 for Capital Items such as property improvements and other equipment? The Board requests approval to use prior years operating surplus, in addition to capital surplus, if such funds are available. Funding may also be provided from other year 2014 revenue.
Sabot February 15, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I love finding out about "elections" the day before. Can't ehy just merge these with municipal or school board elections so turn out exceeds 1 percent?
Mike62 February 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM
All these things can be broken down to the residents if they attend the meeting at their districts firehouse. These meetings typically take place at the beginning of the month and the bored of fire commissioners don't have a problem breaking these things down. For more information can be received at town hall rather then things like this and other news papers that are typically wrong 90% of the time. Example- they tell all these things a day before the voting day rather then letting the residents know when these meetings are so they can find out more info.
Voter February 16, 2013 at 08:39 AM
They should merge this vote and the school board elections with the general election. We need notice and details.
Carol M. February 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM
The current irony, hypocrisy and, the whole lot of crazy we typically see, set aside; the good people of Parsippany thank you for taking the caps lock off and for allowing a glimmer of sunlight to penetrate this time around prior to making your comments.
Nicholas Robert Homyak February 16, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Any election with low voter turn out should not be counted or seen as a democratic process. It shows lack of information being circulated as to informing the populace If for example we know the number of registered voters or better yet potential voters and then see that a tiny minority only votes the referendum itself should be invalid. In a real democracy it should be mandatory that all citizens of age register to vote this is more important that say registering for a draft in a country that now has a volunteer military. This might prevent many many unnecessary tax hikes and private interest from benefiting from the polls. Several nations have such constitutional mandates for elections.

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