The Saugatuck City Council approved the $598,226 Saugatuck Township Fire District budget for 2012-13 on Monday, May 29. The fire board will have the final votes after a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. June 11, at Saugatuck Township Hall, 3461 Blue Star Highway.
The fire district serves Saugatuck and Douglas cities and Saugatuck Township. Saugatuck City was the last of the three to approve the budget.
The tax rate will remain 1.16 mills, though the fire board said the millage might need to be increased for 2013-14.
The main goals accomplished this year include hiring Chief Brian Florey and full-time firefighters/medical first responders Tim Hurtman and Brent VanOss and buying new turnout gear and carbon fiber self-contained breathing apparatus bottles.
Payroll and fringe benefits make up 64 percent — $384,026 — of the entire budget. Florey will make $57,354 in 2012-13. Hurtman and VanOss each will make $41,500.
• The council instructed City Manager Kirk Harrier to continue looking into bids for painting city hall. Harrier received four bids ranging from $12,575 to $64,982. The historic building was last painted about 7 to 8 years ago, Harrier said. The boards will have to be hand scraped before they are painted again.
• The Saugatuck City Council meets at 7 p.m. June 25 at 102 Butler St.