By LeAnn R. Ralph
BOYCEVILLE — Members of the Boyceville Fire District have approved a budget of $116,275 for 2015.
The budget was approved at the September 10 meeting of the Boyceville Fire District and represents a 2.97 percent increase over last year’s budget of $112,925.
Firefighter pay will remain at $24,000 for 2015, the same amount as in this year’s budget.
Insurance for 2015 will increase by $2,000.
The rescue equipment budget will increase by $600, and supplies will increase by $400.
“Basically the budget stayed the same as last year,” said Brian Marlette, Boyceville fire chief.
The Boyceville Fire District includes the Towns of Hay River, New Haven, Sherman, Stanton and Tiffany, and the villages of Boyceville and Wheeler.
All of the municipalities in the fire district were represented at the meeting except the Village of Wheeler.
Over the past three or four months, the Boyceville Fire Department has been averaging five calls per month, Marlette reported.
The number of calls jumped to 11 in August, he said.
Calls for the Boyceville Fire Department included lift assists; a landing zone for an ATV accident; a motorcycle accident; a car accident in Boyceville; a moped and deer accident; an incident where a hunter fell out of his tree stand; a structure fire north of Connorsville; and mutual aid with Menomonie, Marlett said.
As of September 10, the Boyceville Fire Department had $176,566 in funds on hand with $8,303 in bills to pay.
Expenses for August were $3,024, while receipts in August were $2,954.