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City, County Settle on A Joint Fire Powers Agreement

City, County Settle on A Joint Fire Powers Agreement

(Gillette, Wyo.) On March 31st, the Campbell County Board of Commissioners filed a notice that they intended to terminate the Joint Fire Board if a new agreement couldn't be reached by June 30th. After months of discussion, the City of Gillette, Campbell County, and Town of Wright have settled on a new split for the financial responsibilities of Fire and Emergency Services in the county. Previously, the split for the cost of operations was 79% / 20% / 1%, with the County responsible for 79% of the budget. In the new amended contract, the County will be responsible for 73.75% of operations in 2017, with their portion decreasing to 58% by the year 2021. The City will responsible for 25% of fire operations, increasing to 40% by 2021. Wright's share will increase from 1% currently to 2% over the next five years. In each fiscal year, the County's contribution will decrease by 5.25%, with the Gillette's portion increasing 5% and Wright's .25%. Neither the City nor the County got exactly what they were asking for, but it was a fairly successful compromise. The budget split for purchases, which includes vehicles and the Wildland Fleet Program, appears to be staying the same, with the County and City each responsible for 49.5%, and 1% coming from Wright. *Photo h/t Campbell County Fire Department * #county17 #news