EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The East Syracuse Village Fire Department pitched its plan to create a new fire district to DeWitt and East Syracuse lawmakers Monday night.
The department is currently owned by the Village of East Syracuse and subcontracts with the Town of DeWitt.
As a fire district, the department would be run by a board of commissioners. That board could create the fire districts' budget and determine the tax rate without needing approval from residents.
Some town and village officials fear losing control of the budget, but fire officials say it will bring financial transparency.
"Everything for the village goes into one general fund in every department, police department, fire department, park, DPW, all paid with the same checkbook, so they don't know what it costs to run the fire department, they don't know what it costs to run the police department, they can only propose what it costs," said East Syracuse Fire Department Captain Michael Cramer.
"There are pluses and minuses with the existence of a fire protection district and again, we're going to have to weigh those issues going forward. The devil's always in the details," said DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko.
Town, village and fire officials say they will continue to discuss the possibility of a fire district. No decision is imminent.