Mt. Joy, fire companies agree to 10-p...

Mt. Joy, fire companies agree to 10-percent reduction

There are 7 comments on the Evening Sun story from Dec 2, 2010, titled Mt. Joy, fire companies agree to 10-percent reduction. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

After much discussion Mount Joy Township supervisors approved an agreement with fire company representatives Thursday night that sets next year's donation to the four companies that serve the township at $72,000, a 10-percent reduction from this year.

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Billy Clyde Tuddle

Gettysburg, PA

#1 Dec 3, 2010
I am also not happy with this. First,the fire co. deserves every penny that they get, come on people they risk their lives for complete strangers. But I feel it is unfair for us to be the only township or borough in Adams Co. to have a "fire tax". Why are the fire companies not out hitting up Freedom Township or Cumberland township just to name a few, saying Mt. Joy is paying a tax of .8 mills why are you not doing the same? This was slid in on us by the last group of supervisors who are no longer in office. I must agree with supervisor Clark this is not enough. If everyone in Adams Co. was paying a .8 mill tax I would have no problem at all.
GASD parent

Carlisle, PA

#2 Dec 3, 2010
Jack Kovis

Gettysburg, PA

#3 Dec 3, 2010
go ahead and take the 60 percent you jerks, you don't need fire or ems. I'd like to see something happen and no one came, including the police. You voted for it, you deal with it. I assume you cut everything else 60 percent too including your own salaries ?
Billy Clyde Tuddle

Gettysburg, PA

#4 Dec 3, 2010
Glad to see you live in Philly where they have a professional fire dept. and EVERYONE pays for it. However, it is not the same here in Adams Co. the only people who are forced or "taxed" to pay for fire or E.M.S. are those of us who live in Mt. Joy.
If I don't pay my taxes it is real simple the sheriff comes and sells my house. All I am trying to say is it should be fair for all. The people who live in Gettysburg, Littlestown,and Bonneauville are NOT charged a fire tax and get the same service for free or a personal choice of a donation. As for the past supervisors that is why they are PAST they mismanaged us into the ground! In 2009 we received an increase in our taxes of 1154 percent with a large portion of that being the fire tax. One of the chiefs of one of these companies said "all we want is for Mt. Joy to pay what they have for years, I agree lets go back to 2008 and all the years prior to that and only give that amount. Again if everyone was charged the same I do not have a problem but it seems that we are being singled out. I have not read or heard anything of any of the other boroughs or townships in Adams Co. even talking about a "fire tax" because that would mean an increase and we cannot do that to these people who are struggling.
The fire companies need money and I will continue to pay my taxes and give donations but I still feel it is not right that all in this county do not have to do this. BCT

Girdwood, AK

#5 Dec 3, 2010
Welp this is pretty retarted...Maybe the others should give more. Mt joy better hadn't cry when someone doesnt get helped in time...and Billy..i grew up there the only thing keepin me away is the military, and also how you gonna go at jack when yours is out of DE?

Carlisle, PA

#6 Dec 4, 2010
#1 -Billy & Jack- The newspaper puts in the CITY to protect the writer's identity. Everytime you put your name in a different city comes up.
#2 - This action by MJT Supervisors brought out a Blantant Problem for all the Fire Depts. They are underfunded. So they should thank MJT for bringing this to everyone's attention.
#3 - The Alpha Fire Chief was at a public meeting Thursday and DID say they will work with the Present Board at MJT throughout the year AND they are meeting with other Townships. So something positve has come out.
#4 - Since all four Fire Companies are located outside MJT, this should be a County problem not a MJT problem. EVERY Township should pay the SAME amount EQUALLY. The Fire Companies & Volunteers deserve this.
#5 - MJT Supervisor did change the amount this year but UNTIL ALL Townships give equally MJT should continue to decrease their funding each year until we all pay the same amount.

Waynesboro, PA

#7 Dec 4, 2010
I heard that Mcsherrystown adopted a fire tax. I also know that New Oxford fire co. asked that all the communitties that they serve inact a fire tax, but have not heard any responce from any of them.
I applaude Mcsherrystown for stepping up. But this is still a county wide problem and the commissioners should look at it in depth as soon as possible.

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