Budget amendment will help lower local property taxes for NH cities and towns

Sen. Hennessey is pictured with Executive Councilor Joe Kenney and with North Country Fire Chiefs and Commissioner Robert Quinn at the Raymond S. Burton Fire and EMS Training Facility in Concord. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CONCORD — An amendment to the new state budget sponsored by Sen. Erin Hennessey (R-Littleton), is providing $400,000 in funds to reduce the costs cities and towns pay to send fire fighters to the NH Fire Academy for required training.

“The budget amendment I sponsored will provide significant relief to all New Hampshire Fire Departments, especially smaller communities that struggle with paying the costs of training. The revised price for Fire Fighter 1 training goes from $960 to $135 and from $530 to $150 for Fire Fighter 2,” said Hennessy. “The North Country has a significant number of volunteer departments with small budgets, but they still need their people to be trained at the same level of readiness as those who fight fires in larger cities. This new money for tuition discounts on training costs will lower local property taxes in our District One communities.”

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