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2016 Budget Calendar

August 21st, 2016

FIRE DISTRICT BUDGET PROCESS CALENDAR

 

On or before September 27th

Required Action

Adopt proposed budget for 2017, including fund balance estimate for 2016 (Town Law [“TL”] §181[2]).

File budget with fire district secretary (TL§181[3]).

Post budget on fire district’s website (if district maintains as website) (TL§181[3]).

Provide copy of proposed budget for 2017, including fund balance estimate for 2016 to town clerk of towns in which district is located. (No statutory reference, but best practice)

 

September 28th; October 3rd

Required Action

Post notice of budget hearing on fire district website and signboard (if district maintains a website/signboard) (TL§175-c [1]).

Provide copy of notice of budget hearing to town clerk of towns in which district is located. (Each town clerk must post the notice on their town’s website and on clerk’s bulletin board and town signboard)(TL§175-c [2]).

Provide copy of notice of budget hearing to town clerk of towns and secretaries of fire districts with which district contracts. (Each town clerk and fire district secretary receiving notice must post it on the town or district website; town clerks must also post the notice on clerk’s bulletin board and town signboard) (TL§175c-[2]).

 

On or before October 13th

Required Action

Publish notice of budget hearing in official newspaper or, if not official newspaper, in newspaper having general circulation in district (TL§181[3] [a]).

Post published notice on fire district’s website (if district maintains a website) (TL§181[3] [a]).

Provide copy of proposed budget for public inspection to town clerk of towns in which district is located [see September 27th tasks stated above] (TL§181[3] [a]).

Provide copy of published notice to town clerk of towns in which district is located (Each town clerk must post

The notice on the town’s website and on the town signboard) (TL§181[3] [a]).

After adopting proposed budget complete tax cap levy form for New York Comptroller’s Office and “save” but do not submit. Determine if proposed budget will exceed tax cap (GML§ 3-c (3)

 

October 18th

Required Action

Hold budget hearing (TL§181[3] [a]).

 

October 18st; November 3rd

Required Action

Subject to certain restrictions, make changes, alternations and revisions to proposed budget (TL§181[3] [b]).

Before adopting Fire District Annual Budget determine if the tax levy will exceed tax levy cap and if so the Fire District must pass a resolution by a 60% vote of its board to override the tax cap (GML§ 3-c(5))

 

On or before November 4th

Required Action

Before adopting Fire District Annual Budget and after passing any resolutions necessary to override the tax cap levy “submit” the Fire District budget/ tax cap form to the New York State Comptroller’s Office on the form prescribed by them. (GML3-c (7)) Adopt fire district annual budget (TL§181[3] [b]).

 

On or before November 7th

Required Action

Fire district secretary delivers two (2) certified copies of fire district annual budget to town clerk of towns in which district is located (TL§181[3][c]) and obtains receipt

Fall Workshop Registration for Saratoga

August 21st, 2016

Rooms are filling up fast, the over flow hotel will be the Marriott Courtyard within walking distance of the Hilton.  You asked for it, now its available to you, not in Ellenville, not on Holloween Weekend and at a destination location.  Fill out the registration form and join us.

 

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Ladies Program Registration for Saratoga Workshops

August 21st, 2016

Attached is the Ladies/Guest Program for the Fall Workshops at Saratoga, a little diversion from business.

Guests_Program fall 2016

Legislation Passed to Help Eliminate Zombie Homes

July 24th, 2016

Legislation that will give local officials new resources to quickly attack the scourge of abandoned, foreclosed ‘zombie properties’ has been signed into law, and takes effect in September.  But a new hotline is already in operation that allows residents to report unsightly, abandoned homes to the State Department of Financial Services.  If you know of a foreclosed home, either call the hotline at (800) 342-3736, or file an online complaint through the link below.  This includes fire districts/departments they are a hazard for your firefighters.

Move Over Law Expanded To Cover Volunteers

July 24th, 2016
  • Governor Cuomo signed legislation expanding New York State’s “Move-Over” Law to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers.  The measure (S.7938/A.8702-A) requires drivers to slow down and move over a lane when approaching a vehicle with flashing blue or green lights that are operated by volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers involved in a roadside emergency.

2017 Budget Numbers – Tax Cap & Growth Factor

July 24th, 2016

The inflation factor for 2017 is 0.68%, the allowable Levy Growth Factor is 1.0068

 

DiNapoli: Tax Cap Remains Below One Percent in 2017

Low Inflation Rate Continues to Impact Counties, Towns and Cities

Property tax levy growth for local governments will be capped at 0.68 percent for 2017, decreasing slightly from 2016, when it was 0.73 percent, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The latest inflation figure affects the tax cap calculations for local governments that operate on a calendar-based fiscal year (Jan 1. – Dec. 31) – which includes all counties, towns, fire districts, 44 cities and 10 villages. 

“In what is becoming the norm, New York’s local governments must cope with extremely limited growth for property taxes to stay within the tax cap,” said DiNapoli. “Low inflation has positive effects for consumers, but it also reflects an uncertain economic environment. Local officials have faced growing fixed costs and limited budget options for years, but 2017 will necessitate even tougher financial choices.”

The tax cap, which first applied to local governments beginning in 2012, limits tax levy increases to the lesser of the rate of inflation or 2 percent with some exceptions, including a provision that allows municipalities to override the tax cap.

The 2017 fiscal year is the fourth year in a row that local governments have had their levy growth capped at less than 2 percent and the second year in a row that it has been capped at less than 1 percent.

By comparison, property tax levy growth for school districts was capped at 0.12 percent for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

New By-Laws Adopted at July Meeting

July 24th, 2016

The new By-Laws were voted on at the July meeting.  The next goal is to send out a notice to all fire districts announcing the openings for the Board of Directors.  There will be three openings for interested individuals.  The five person Board will include the 1st and 2nd Vice President.    AFDCA-By-Laws 5-19-16

New DEC Rules on AFFF Foam Storage and Use

June 30th, 2016

New DEC Rules on AFFF Foam Storage and Use

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued Emergency Rules and has concurrently proposed a Formal Rule Making on the storage and use of AFFF firefighting foam. These actions are being taken to address concerns about the potential environmental and public health impacts of these substances.

DEC adopted an Emergency Rule that modifies the list of hazardous substances in Part 597 to include:

  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA-acid, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) No. 335-67-1),
  • ammonium perfluorooctanoate (PFOA-salt, CAS No. 3825-26-1),
  • perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS-acid, CAS No. 1763-23-1), and
  • perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS-salt, CAS No. 2795-39-3)

The effect of these new rules on fire departments is that the fire service can use AFFF until April 25, 2017, for fighting a fire, but should discontinue the use of any Class B foam for training purposes. OFPC recommends use of training foam, Class A wetting agents, or a mild dish detergent verified not to contain materials listed as hazardous substances for the purpose of conducting Class B foam training. Any Class B foam containing these hazardous substances must not be released to the environment after April 25, 2017, and should be properly disposed of.

 

In addition – if you use AFFF that contains these hazardous substances to fight a fire and more than one pound of a hazardous substance is released to the environment, then the release must be reported to the DEC’s Spill Hotline at (800) 457-7362. In order to determine if there has been a release of one pound or more, you will need to know the amount of foam concentrate that has been used and the concentration of the hazardous substance in the foam. Manufacturers may provide guidance on their websites on how to make this determination, but if this is not the case you should contact the manufacturer of any AFFF in stock to determine the percentage of these compounds it may contain.

 

Please click on the following links for additional information:

 

OFPC’s Guidance to Fire Departments Regarding Foam Concentrates Which May Contain Hazardous Substances

 

DEC Proposal     Link to the Emergency Adoption and Proposed Rule on PFOA substances

 

State Chiefs and the other fire service organizations will continue monitor this DEC proposal. At the current time there are no funds available to fire departments to replace existing stockpiles of foam or to assist in disposal of old stocks. NYSAFC recommends that any fire department that has stockpiles of this foam not wait until the deadline to replace it.

New Building Code Adopted

March 27th, 2016
  • The Codes Division issued a technical bulletin on Friday March 25th which outlines the adoption of the 2015 ICC Codes and the Energy Code.
  • The official interim rule date will be April 6 with final adoption on October 3rd 2016, which is a 180 day transition period
  • Local governments will be receiving their new code books in early May.  If they have submitted their required annual report they will receive a set of books for each registered code official.  If they have not submitted their annual report, they will receive one set of books.
  • In addition to the books, every municipality will obtain an electronic submission to the codes which will provide computer access to the codes and all of the adopted standards within the code.
  • Each municipality will receive a complimentary one year membership to the ICC and they then can be active voting members.
  • This membership also provides each municipality with access to the technical services of the ICC, for code technical assistance and interpretations.
  • Now the bad news;  long time Codes Division employees, Julie Nemeth-Weisser, Ron Piester and Mark Blanke will all be retiring from the Department of State Codes Division at the end of April.  A tremendous loss.

Ron Piester has taken a position with the ICC in Birmingham Alabama

FASNY LAW BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

March 18th, 2016

Stay informed, know your fire service laws, the 2016 Edition is available from FASNY at just $26.00 for members.  Order on line at www.fasny.com or call 800-232-7692.  This all-in-one reference guide combines fire- and emergency services-related statutes, rules and regulations. “Fire Service Laws of the State of New York” gathers a diverse and wide-ranging area of law covering penal law, environmental conservation, municipal law, insurance law and much more. This book allows you to find law information in seconds and includes a CD-ROM to further enhance your research capabilities.

 

2016 Officers Sworn In at Reception

March 15th, 2016

The Capital Area officers were sworn in for another year, thanks to the 84 members who turned out for this Year’s officer reception; our best crowd since our revival. It was nice to see all those who traveled from Westchester, Suffolk, Erie, and Nassau County Fire District Officer Associations. It was also nice to have the State Association Officers and legal counsel in attendance. As always Darren Costanzo and Mike Ouimet did a great job of putting this event together. Thanks to Joe De Stefano State Secretary/Treasurer for swearing in the officers this year.

2016 reception

Revised By-Laws Updated March 2016

March 15th, 2016

Below are the updated By-Laws for the Capital Area Association of Fire Districts which establishes a Board of Directors to govern the organization.

AFDCA-By-Laws 20160310