Orange Township Officials Take Step Toward Firefighter Layoffs


Orange Township trustees are attempting to balance a new budget in the wake of a levy that failed earlier this month.

Township firefighters were told on Friday that no jobs would be cut for at least the next 30 days.

Officials voted Friday, though, on the first step toward layoffs. Trustee Debbie Taranto said up to 22 firefighters could be affected, although that number could be less if funds are found elsewhere to cover the positions.

Taranto also says that a big question remains whether Orange Township could come up with money to cover all positions before another levy vote on Feb. 5.

Twenty-two firefighters could be looking for jobs as of Jan. 1 and a fire station could close. 10 part-time employees also would be laid off.

Trustees said that they are considering borrowing money from its general fund – something that might not be legal.

In addition, the fire department is looking for ways to streamline its budget and reduce services in an effort to save money.

Firefighter Brad Belville said that the news is stressful.

“It’s a job-security issue,” Belville said. “Where am I going to get money to feed my kid? To provide health insurance for my family? It’s all unknown.”

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