The budget, “calls for a very minimal tax increase – less than 1 cent, which we will need to pay for the salary and benefits of 6 new full-time firefighters,” says Loigman. “We are still going to provide excellent service to Lakewood at a lower tax rate than districts in surrounding towns – most of which have only volunteers.”
Continues Loigman, “with Lakewood’s continued growth, the cost of protecting our residents has increased, but we have kept the budget in check wherever possible.”
The department is also planning to sell the un-needed firehouse on Clover Street, says Loigman, in order to devote the resources to maintaining the safety of the community.
“As always, we depend heavily on our volunteers. Anyone interested in joining the fire department can call the Board office, at 732-364-5151, for further information and an application.” [TLS]