Fairview Township residents will be voting this fall on the implementation of a fire-services tax to help the Mountaintop Hose Company No. 1 continue to function. At the Aug. 1 Board of Supervisors meeting, board members agreed to allow township residents to vote on the tax, and moved to submit that request to Luzerne County so it can be placed on November’s election ballot.
If passed, the fire tax would increase a resident’s mileage by .0003, explained David Hourigan, hose company president. This means that, for every $100,000 of assessed value on a property, the homeowner would pay an additional township tax of $30.
Talk of the fire-services tax came earlier this summer when it was announced that the hose company’s long-running bazaar, held for 44 years, would end this year. Lack of volunteers, attendees, and profitability were cited as reasons for ending the bazaar.
Without the bazaar, the impact on the hose company financially could be significant, as 35 percent of its budget came from the bazaar’s profits. The fire department is completely dependent on fundraisers and donations to operate and the loss of the bazaar, along with a steady decrease in monetary donations sent to the fire department by residents,