Fire territory funding remains uncertain

GREENFIELD — What city officials thought would be a matter of weeks has turned into months, and there is still no word on the funding dilemma for the Greenfield Fire Territory.

With a cut in property tax revenue for the department made a year ago and now an upcoming slash to income tax funds, city officials are anxiously wondering how the fire department will be funded in 2013 and beyond.

In June, Mayor Dick Pasco and other city officials testified before the Indiana Tax Court about an appeal against a drastic funding cut to the fire department’s budget. They were appealing a 2011 decision made by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance that Center Township residents were paying too much for the services. That decision reduced property taxes for rural residents, which slashed revenue to the department by nearly $500,000.

“I thought six to eight weeks was a reasonable length of time to hear something (from the state tax court),” Pasco said, noting that it’s now been six months. “I was pretty naive, wasn’t I?”

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