CKFR dips into savings to balance its budget

Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue adopted its 2006 operational budget at a total of $11.9 million.

This year’s budget comes in slightly higher than 2005’s budget of $11.4 million. This year’s budget was adopted Monday by the CKFR Board of Commissioners. The budget estimates revenues at $10.3 million with $1.6 million in reserve funds needed to make up for a shortfall.

The largest revenues for this year’s budget come primarily from taxes including $6 million for current year’s taxes from the regular levy and $2.4 million in EMS levy taxes. The department also receives revenue from ambulance billings with $1.1 million expected for 2006. Revenues are generated from other various sources as well including timber tax, investment interest earned and local contracts.

The four department divisions with the highest expenditures are the operations division at $6.3 million; $2.8 million for administration; $636,000 for the facilities/grounds division and the department’s vehicle maintenance division at $465,000.

The operations division includes salaries for three battalion chiefs, four captains, eight lieutenants, 18 paramedics, 33 firefighters and three new firefighter hires for 2006. Those salaries equal $4.5 million. The division also includes personnel benefits, fire equipment/extinguishers and repair and maintenance.

The administration’s expenditures

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