Three Stateline fire departments hoped voters would approve tax increases to cover costs, but voters voted all three down.
The Harlem Roscoe Fire District asked voters for a tax levy that was less than one percent of their property value. For a $100,000 home, it would’ve amounted to less than two extra dollars per month. The money would have gone toward pensions.
North Park Fire wanted voters to approve a .10% property tax increase. For a $100,000 home, it would’ve meant roughly $33 extra per year for homeowners. The money would have gone toward purchasing new equipment.
Finally, the New Milford Fire Protection District wanted voters to sign off on a tax increase to .40%, the first time its asked residents to do so in more than 30 years. Like North Park, the money would have gone toward firefighter gear and equipment.