POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 4:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 5:43pm
Zachary, La (NBC33) — According to numbers released by the East Baton Parish Fire Commission, the city of Zachary responded to 85 percent of the fires in Fire District One last year. Despite this, they were only getting two-thirds of the more than $300,000 dedicated to fighting those fires.
"Then again your numbers never added up. You hate to say that this is about numbers, but it's about providing a service that you can provide for the dollars that you get. City of Zachary was subsidizing about $150,000 a year for the last four years and we just couldn't continue to subsidize it," says Zachary Mayor David Amrhein.
So, the Board of Fire District One decided that wasn't fair and gave all the money and all the responsibility for fighting fires to the Zachary Fire Department.
"It boils down to the dollars and Baker felt like they could not take a lesser percentage of the money, so Zachary is very capable of covering it," says Board Chairman for Fire District One Larry Powenski.
The mayor says the move to have Zachary control all of Fire District One is the right move and won't affect the safety of the citizens within it and he says it's a move that should have happened years ago.
"There's no need to be concerned. We're very capable of providing full service like we have in the past...We can provide the same service, so why not get paid for it," says Amrhein