Town fire contract negotiations continue

By 
CONNOR CARYNSKI
Ozaukee Press staff

The Village of Saukville has drafted a counter-proposal for a contract to provide the Town of Saukville fire services but details are not clear. 

After closed session discussions, the village Finance Committee voted to send a new proposal to the town but did not detail terms of the agreement. 

The town first approached the village in October with an offer to pay the village $159,000 annually in exchange for emergency and fire services. 

With the town’s current fire contract   with the Newburg Fire Department closing at the end of the year, town officials have been weighing options on how the contract should be handled moving forward. 

Town officials believe the town has historically overpaid on its Newburg contract, which totaled about $186,000 this year. 

Town chairman Kevin Kimmes said he believes the town has overpaid on the contract for years.

According to information collected by the Town of Saukville, the town pays $100 per person, while the Town of Trenton, which also contracts with Newburg for fire services, pays $46.

“Based on these values there is a long-standing discussion that the Town of Saukville feels it is paying a disproportionate amount,” Kimmes said.

Kimmes said  the Newburg Fire Department has offered a 2022 contract for $159,310 but did not provide details on how the figure was reached.

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