To the Editor,
On July 21, 2016 the East Dorset Fire District held a duly warned annual meeting. The Prudential Committee thanks all the volunteer Fire fighters for their involvement and dedication to providing this important service to our Town.
The budget of $144,067 was approved to be raised by taxes. Since 2012 56 percent of our fire fighters responses to the town wide alarm have been to service the Dorset Fire District. That is a considerable amount of the EDFD funds.
The universal services normally have costs equally shared over the entire town, i.e. the property tax rate which provides schools, roads, library, police and rescue.
Residences of the Town of Dorset have the opportunity to correct this inequity of the fire tax rate by voting YES to equalization of the fire tax rate on the ballot on August 9, 2016.
The Town of Dorset will purchase Fire Services at a total cost of $367,792 (East Dorset $144,067 and Dorset $223,725) and a uniform tax rate of $0.05214 will be assessed per $100 of value on all properties in Dorset.
A home assessed at $300,00 would pay $156.42 in Fire Tax: the Dorset home balance would increase $34.52 and the East Dorset home balance will decrease $111.51.
Please join me in voting YES to equalize the fire tax rate for our Town of Dorset. Margaret Canavan
EDFD Prudential Committee