ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District board approved a tentative budget of $2.7 million Monday for the 2016 fiscal year that reflects the district’s reduced financial situation.
Board president James Gaffney said officials had planned for an operating budget of $3.2 million to $3.3 million if an April referendum had passed. But the district’s request in April was voted down.
The reduction in spending reflects having 21 firefighter/paramedics instead of 24, officials said.
“It represents the reality of how much money we take in compared to how much money we can spend,” Gaffney said.
The spending plan will be published and on display for 30 days before the board takes a final vote to approve it at its next meeting on July 27 at Fire Station Three, 34W500 Carl Lee Road, St. Charles.
Fire district attorney Ken Shepro said the proposed budget will be available on the district’s website as well, www.frcfr.org.
Gaffney said the district would pursue another request to go on the March 15 primary ballot.
Gaffney said the district wants to establish a Citizens Advisory Committee to help support and guide the new referendum effort.
“We’ve got to get our Citizens Advisory Committee together first because we would like to be sure we bring the public in for discussion on where we’re going to go,” Gaffney said.
Those interested in serving on the committee should call the district office at 630-584-3473 and provide phone and email contact information, he said.
Once the district has people interesting in serving, Gaffney said he would schedule a committee meeting so all could have a discussion on what direction the district should take.
The district serves residents in Wayne, Campton Hills and St. Charles Township.