NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Annual Election of the East Clinton Fire District will take place on the 14th day of December 2021 at the Valley Community Church of the Nazarene, 2260 Salt Point Turnpike, Clinton Corners, New York, Dutchess County, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing One (1) Fire Commissioner for the term of Five (5) years commencing on January 1, 2022 and ending on December 31, 2026; and for the purpose of voting on the following Proposition:
Shall the Defined Contribution Program provided in the Service Award Program previously approved by the voters of the East Clinton Fire District be amended to provide that the maximum annual contribution to a volunteer firefighter’s service award program be increased from seven hundred dollars ($700.00) to twelve hundred dollars ($1,200.00) at an additional estimated cost for the years 2021 and 2022 of $2,500.00 be approved?
LOSAP Referendum- December 2021
The East Clinton Board of Fire commissioners has passed a resolution that must be approved by the residents of the fire district. The exact wording of the referendum can be found on this website.
Two years ago, the board passed a resolution to modify the East Clinton Length of Service Award Program. The taxpayers voted to support the creation of a second LOSAP plan for new members. The plan that was created is a defined contribution plan which awarded $700 annually to new, active qualifying members. The intent of the creation of this new plan was to reduce the cost to the taxpayers of the defined benefit plan that is still in effect for members who joined prior to 2019.
The intent of the current modification is to increase the defined contribution from $700 annually to $1200 annually as allowed by a more recent modification to LOSAP statutes by the NYS legislature. Since there were no new qualifying members last year and there are only a very small number of new members in the current year, the board believes that this action is necessary to help attract new members.
The cost to taxpayers will be minimal, only $500 annually per new qualifying member. We believe this small expenditure is well worth the small incremental cost.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephen Forschler at 266-4377.