Middletown Board signs off on fire consolidation

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The last legislative hurdle to consolidate the Margaretville and Middletown-Hardenburgh fire districts was cleared last Wednesday when the Middletown Town Board unanimously voted to approve the consolidation. The towns of Hardenburgh and Roxbury had already given their approval.
Village of Margaretville Trustees voted in favor of the plan several times, most recently in 2010.
Middletown-Hardenburgh and Margaretville fire district officers say there will be no noticeable change in their operation. But Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope told the News that the consolidation would give the village the opportunity for representation on the Middletown-Hardenburgh Board of Fire Commissioners. In the past, fire protection was contracted by the village and village residents were not eligible to be elected as members of the board of fire commissioners.
Margaretville residents will no longer see an item on their village tax bill for fire protection. The cost of fire protection will be added to their town and county tax bill, which is levied in January.