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Is a joint fire district in the town of Manlius' future?

Schepp asked the mayors, if the fire departments are dissolved, leaving the Department of Public Works as the lone major department within the villages, "Will that be the slippery slope to saying, 'why do we even have the village organization anymore?'"

Although there are no exclusive services, Olson noted the villages are paying more for the emergency services (more than $2 per $1,000) compared to the town of Manlius rate ($1.55 per $1,000).

Olson said he is looking at the tax rate numbers to determine, "can this work?"

"If we cannot structure this deal and put it together to have better service with lower fees on the tax bill, it doesn't make sense," Olson said. "I think we [the Fayetteville Fire Department] do a great job in what we do, but I see some validity in looking at this report."

Olson said the report validates that the soon-to-be-completed new Fayetteville Fire House is built in the right location, is designed-well and is much-needed.

He added, "I wanted to know are we doing the right thing. Are we providing the right services? Are we doing it the right way?"

The Implementation Advisory Committee will be comprised of fire and government officials along with community members from each municipality. A meeting is set for two weeks that will begin a 90-day review window that will conclude with its recommendation.

John Zych is a regular contributing writer for the Eagle Bulletin.

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