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Waynesboro, Quincy strike fire protection deal

January 24, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Borough Council and Quincy Township Supervisors reached an agreement Wednesday that will provide the township with one more year of fire protection services.

The two boards had differed on how much Quincy should contribute for fire service in 2008. They have now set that amount at $13,000 and agreed to negotiate for the future.

The Quincy Township Supervisors had proposed drastically cutting their annual contribution in coming years. Waynesboro's fire department serves as the first responder for 21 percent of Quincy's homes.

"We based that (proposed reduction) on households, how many households are in Quincy Township and how many are first due," Quincy Township Supervisor Kerry Bumbaugh said Wednesday night.

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However, Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said that 6.8 percent of Waynesboro's calls are in Quincy Township. He said the township's contribution should be more like $20,000.

The township supervisors said that amount is too high for their municipality, which Supervisor Robert "Bob" Gunder said has a real estate tax rate of 1.6 mills generating just $52,000 in revenue annually.

"Being a resident of Waynesboro, why should we have to subsidize and take our tax money to pay for Quincy?" Ben Newcomer asked as part of the meeting's public comment.

"We're paying Waynesboro $660 per call. We're paying Mont Alto (Fire Department) $116" per call for its portion of the township, Supervisor Robert "Bob" Gunder said.

"We're a higher cost operation than Mont Alto. We have five paid drivers," Hamberger said.

"We're not prepared to raise our taxes to provide more fire services. We feel the (Mont Alto) volunteer fire department serves us well," Bumbaugh said.

Waynesboro Fire Chief Dave Martin said that Quincy needs to consider the potential additional pressure on Mont Alto's volunteers as well as longer response times to travel farther.

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