The City of Caneyville this week discussed concerns regarding the Caneyville Volunteer Fire Department’s funding, as well as whether it should place the city’s fire dues on citizens’ tax bills to increase revenue.
During the regular meeting of the Caneyville City Commission on Monday, April 11, Caneyville Fire Chief Anthony Clark addressed the City Commission regarding the need to soon replace a great deal of the fire department’s gear and equipment.
Clark said a firefighter’s turnout gear has a 10-year life expectancy, and the Caneyville Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) will soon have to replace all of its turnout gear (about 17 sets).
Clark said the CVFD’s newest turnout gear was purchased in 2006 and will expire this year. A single set of turnout gear, at a discounted rate, costs $1,200.
Additionally, due to new requirements regarding the replacement of tires on fire trucks, the CVFD’s Freightliner will need three new sets of tires next year, when its factory tires become out of date, according to Clark.
The issue is that Clark has been asked to cut $8,000 worth of expenses from the CVFD’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget.
Clark said that currently, the CVFD is able to only maintain itself, rather than improve, and, if its budget is cut further, the department will regress.
Clark asked whether the City of Caneyville would be interested in adding its fire dues to county tax bills starting in the next fiscal year to possibly increase the CVFD’s revenue.
Currently, Caneyville is the only one of the Grayson County fire departments not participating in the fire dues program to place the dues on the tax bills. The program allows taxpayers to opt out of paying fire dues, if they wish.
Clark said very few people opt out of paying their fire dues, and some departments have seen significant revenue increases as a result.
The City Commission took no action on this issue during Monday’s meeting, but will discuss it further during its regular May meeting.
In other business:
*The City Commission approved the second and final reading of an ordinance repealing the city’s loading and unloading fee ordinance due to its being unenforceable per state statute.
*Caneyville City Clerk Connie Gootee said the bid packets have been sent out for the work on the old Caneyville School’s roof. The deadline for bids has been set for April 20, and a special City Commission meeting will be held on Friday, April 22 to open the bids.
*Geary reported that the 2016 Caneyville Easter Program was well attended and was even better than the previous year’s.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.