Wednesday, October 21, 2009
3rd Ward Alderman Charles Landi Proposes Closing 1 Paid Fire Station
Current 3rd Ward Alderman, Charlie Landi, who is unopposed for re-election, proposes closing one paid fire station. Charlie will not pledge to not vote for budgets which increase taxes for the next 2 years, but he will begin the serious debate in the Kingston Common Council about closing one paid fire station. If one paid fire station is closed and the manpower is reduced proportionately through early retirement attrition, approximately one-third of the $7 Million fire budget can be saved. This $2.3 Million savings can reduce about $2,300,000 divided by $150,000 (per tax increase percentage) equals about 15 percent. Therefore,the Kingston City tax rate could be reduced by 5 percent. So instead of the proposed 10 percent tax increase, we could have a 5 percent tax decrease.