May 15, 2015 2:50 PM
DERRY - The town of Derry currently has four fire stations, but town officials are proposing to close down one of them to save money in the budget.
To alleviate the burden on taxpayers, the town has proposed to close down Station Four. Homeowners are feeling the pinch - residents in Derry pay one of the highest tax burdens in the state. Getting rid of the fourth fire station could cut taxes by $2 per thousand of assessed property value, which would save the average homeowner about $500 per year.
“Five hundred dollars means a lot of money. I have two young boys, that means more time I could spend with them than earning that money. Three fire stations should be more than enough to cover this town of approximately 20,000 people,” said Derry resident, Michael Layon.
But ask someone who deals with emergencies every day, and they may say your savings can wait; an emergency might not.
“I live in town, I’m a homeowner, and I don’t know what the exact figure would be but a couple hundred dollars of savings isn’t worth it to me. I would rather see my family protected,” said Ron Sebastian, a Derry firefighter and union president.
Station Four has gone door to door with handouts explaining what one less station would mean for the town and surrounding area. Derry often is called on to help out in neighboring towns like Chester and Auburn and aren’t always around for the residents
There will be a council meeting to decide the department’s fate on May 13 at 7:30 p.m.
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