After the final Public Hearing and input from the public the Town Council voted 5 – 0 to support Article 15 and move it to the Deliberative Session on 2/10/2024
Article 15: [Fire Department Additional Firefighters]
To see if the Town will vote to raise an appropriate FOUR HUNDRED NINETY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($495,000) the purpose of adding additional Firefighters with the intention of bringing staffing of each battalion to 13 per shift. This will improve the Fire Department’s ability to effectively meet the needs and challenges of aging community that is rapidly growing, by enhancing Advanced Life Support (ALS) response to medical emergencies at the Paramedic level. It also assists the Fire Department in improving compliance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) staffing standards for the Town of Londonderry. If this article passes this appropriation will be part of both the operating and default budget in future years.
(If passed, this article will require the town to raise $495,000 in property taxes, resulting in a tax rate impact of $0.077 in FY 25 based upon projected assessed values.)
The Town Council by a vote of 5-0 recommends a YES vote; the Budget Committee by a vote of 7-0 recommends a YES vote.