The City of Maysville’s 2011 budget is down 9.6 percent from last year, but the city will take a closer look at how the fire department spends money.
The department made no cuts, keeping its budget the same as last year at $23,000, it was reported at a city council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
The city cut where it could in other departments, including trimming $11,870 from public safety. Other departments submitted itemized budgets to the council, but the fire department did not.
For council member Lynn Villyard, to not even examine the fire department’s expenses makes her feel uncomfortable.
“What troubles me about this particular area is that unlike everybody else, there’s nothing submitted for what their expenses are to base this number on,” she said. “So I don’t know if it’s wildly, you know, out of line, or if, you know, we need to add to it. I don’t know because nothing is submitted to the council to look at, and I think it should be.”
Mayor Jerry Baker said he approached the department attempting to receive an itemized budget, but to no avail. He also mentioned how the fire department is in need of new radios, new equipment and new clothing.
It’s unlikely that even upon closer examination the department would receive an increase.
The council decided that by June, it would ask for the itemized budget from the department and amend the budget accordingly.
The Maysville Fire Department answers calls on both Jackson County and Banks County sides of the city. Council member Clay Dorsey said that comparatively, fewer calls are made on the Banks County side of the city. Baker said it’s because last year, the county responded to some calls that Maysville should have made.
Baker also said furloughs for city employees would be lifted, however no pay raises would be made. The council will reevaluate in June to see if it can afford to offer raises at that time.
Someone stood up to James Lyles. The Maysville Fire Department has been a mess for along time.
Why do we continue to see an old 1960 fire engine run calls while a newer truck sits in the station time after time ?
As for the Banks county issue I would remind Mr Dorsey and Mr Baker that Banks county taxpayers pay for fire services through the county...therefore getting taxed by the City for Fire calls is a duplication of services.
If Dorsey and Baker are the upstanding characters that they pretend to be they will abstain from being involved as there both members of the Maysville FD.
Really the FD should only be allowed to run on a petty cash fund with all other purchases and expenses run through a voucher system that is overseen by city hall. Maybe the town should toss out a few more dollars and run an audit of the FD when the accountants audit the town for the year. The people of Maysville pay taxes that support the FD and deserve to know how every penny is used. It would be nice to know the funds are being used to the benefit of the citizens of Maysville and not for needless expenses of the fire chief.