Town signs fire contract with 1% cost increase

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Saukville on Tuesday signed a contract with the Newburg Fire Department for 2020 that includes a 1% increase of $185,771 for service.

Last year, the town paid $183,931.

The agreement comes a year after town supervisors argued that the town was paying more than its share for service compared to the Town of Trenton, based on equalized value. The department also serves the Village of Newburg.

Supr. Mike Denzien said his concerns with what the town pays have been allayed.

“Earlier on there were concerns it might not be fair. But (after meeting with Newburg fire officials) my conclusion is what we’re paying is not out of line,” he said.

Both Newburg and Trenton signed three-year contracts last year with the fire department. 

Saukville Town Chairman Don Hamm indicated the town will likely agree to another one-year contract for 2021 and then work with the other two communities to negotiate a new agreement that town officials might find more equitable.

“If there’s going to be a redistribution, it’s going to be next year,” Hamm said.

Newburg is the lead fire department for the Town of Saukville. Fire departments from Waubeka and the Villages of Saukville and Fredonia also provide service to the town.    

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