Town wants more transparency in city fire budget

Fire protection is the largest expense for both the city and town of Norwich, according to budget figures provided in a state shared services and consolidation study.

It’s also been a hot-button issue of late between the two municipalities during shared services and consolidation talks.

Officials for the Town of Norwich, which contracts for fire protection from the city, are concerned town taxpayers are being overcharged and think the price tag for the service could be lower.

Specifically, the town says it has never been provided a detailed breakdown of fire department revenues, only total costs, despite claims from city officials that such information has been disclosed.

“We have an excellent fire servic ... I don’t want anyone to think we’re complaining” about the quality, said town councilman Adam Evans. “The equity is what we’re looking at.”

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