EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- East Syracuse firefighters are looking to dissolve from the village. The group wants to become an independent fire district to sell its services to neighboring towns.
According to firefighters, they would be able to save money for new equipment in the future to keep their department up to date.
An informational meeting was held on Thursday night. Firefighters say this move would give voters a direct say in their operating budget.
"Our goal is to make the fire department transparent. We want the voters to see every single penny that goes into the fire department and every single penny that's spent on the fire department. We want them to vote directly on the fire budget," said East Syracuse Fire Department Captain Michael Cramer.
"Moving the fire department into a district isn't going to solve the financial problems of our village. It will shift some money out of our budget, but that money would be turned into a new tax rate for our residents anyways," said East Syracuse Mayor Robert Tackman.
Lawmakers say they need more time to analyze the idea before it can go further.
Tackman has been a member of the fire department for two months.