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Reader says , “Cost of Professional Firefighters minuscule compare to the money pissed away on sports fields, parking garages and th bloated school budget.”

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“The waste of tax dollars is the schools trying to educate your low iq offspring. I have lived here for half a century and there is zero chance of getting a sufficient number of volunteers. The ambulance can’t get enough to staff it during the day and that’s only requiring 2 people. Response time is critical. The rfd has always been prompt for fire and medical calls for my neighbors and those of us long time residents who subsidize you newby NY transplants and we are tired of your whining. The cost is minuscule compare to the money pissed away on sports fields, parking garages and th bloated school budget.”

5 thoughts on “Reader says , “Cost of Professional Firefighters minuscule compare to the money pissed away on sports fields, parking garages and th bloated school budget.”

  1. So true. And why is this coming up at this time.

  2. Hummm, nice timeline.

  3. I guess a 3 Million Dollar budget is “minuscule” to you. Town needs to do a staffing assessment.

    https://php.app.com/agent/publicemployees/search?last_name=&first_name=&location=RIDGEWOOD+VILLAGE&county=BERGEN+COUNTY&fundname=POLICE+AND+FIREMEN%27S+RETIREMENT+SYSTEM

    Enjoy the read.

  4. Show me that math. Comparing sports fields expense to firefighter’s salaries and benefits seems like a tough comparison

  5. The big three lies of the firefighters union and their thuggish pensioners:

    1. We won’t get enough volunteers. Just pure BS. All surrounding towns and Villages have volunteers.

    2. 24/7 staffing of Engine 31 with 3 professional firefighters. Engine 31 should be staffed only with volunteers already but the RFD and their greedy union cite Village ordinances and state mandates. Pure greed and BS.

    3. Having professional firefighters reduces our home insurance. Maybe. But this is more than offset by the increase in property taxes to fund their operating budget, OT bill, subsided full defined benefit pensions from an average PFRS retirement age of 54, and subsided platinum family health insurance until age 65 (11 years for the average retired FF)… it’s nothing more than a scam. Sadly our Deputy Mayor is conflicted after working hard to get their son hired…

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