Wareham water, fire department budgets get OK from voters

By Matthew Bernat | Apr 11, 2017

Voters at the Wareham Fire District Annual Meeting approved a $6,168,900 total budget for the fire department, which marks a $580,366 (10.3 percent) increase compared to last year’s budget. For the water department, voters approved a $4,588,006 budget. That number is up $112,312 compared to last year, or a 2.5 percent increase.

Some factors driving the larger fire department budget are insurance rate hikes and salary increases. Most of the water department’s budget increase is attributed to salary and wage hikes. The salary and wage line item is up $83,384 compared to last year. The department found some savings under the purchases of services line item as consulting and engineering fees dropped $100,000 compared to last year.

Voters at Monday’s meeting approved both with minimal discussion.

Resident Jane Donahue drew attention to increases in the water department’s salaries. She said that between those increases, as well as several expensive items voted on earlier in the meeting, large tax increases are on the horizon.

Comments (4)
Posted by: cranky pants | Apr 11, 2017 07:41

Yup, time to abandoned ship... Last one to leave please turn out the lights or we'll be paying for that too. We'll cut money from schools and education but we'll throw money at this ? Priorities people. I love how it says the increase in budget is due to insurance costs going up, no kidding ? Welcome to life people, nobody is helping chip in to cover the increase in my insurance so why am I expected to help pay yours ?

Posted by: baron1701@yahoo.com | Apr 11, 2017 08:49

Who goes to these meetings? Is it 115 friends of the fire department.

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Apr 11, 2017 10:27

You'll never know, unless you go to one of the meetings and take a survey.

Posted by: Fossil | Apr 13, 2017 09:38

This town is ridiculous, I just moved here in August of last year. I have seen nothing but one increase after another. Living on social security, I will soon be forced out of house due to tax, water,sewer costs. I get $1 raise from social security and the town raises my bills in hundreds. I was in shock to see my sewer bill, flat rate for everyone, no matter how much water you use. As a single person i don't use that much, now they want to raise our water bills also. When is bleeding going to stop. Guess I moved to the wrong town.



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