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ABSTRACT

The problem was that the Harrison Township Fire Department was experiencing a

decrease in funding derived from property taxes. Faced with increases in cost for personnel,

equipment, facilities and the general delivery and administration of services there was a need

to find new or alternative funding sources.

The purpose of this study was to develop a list of alternative funding sources available

to the Harrison Township Fire Department.

The research questions answered were:

  • 1.

    How has Harrison Township traditionally funded its Fire Department?

  • 2.

    What effect has the Headlee Amendment had on funding for the Harrison Township Fire Department?

  • 3.

    What funding alternatives have other departments used to fund fire and emergency medical services?

This project employed action research methodologies to identify alternative funding

sources for fire and emergency medical services, compile a list of such sources, and make

recommendations for the implementation of alternative funding strategies for the Harrison

Township Fire Department.

The researcher found that the Harrison Township Fire Department has

traditionally been funded by revenues generated through property taxes. However, it was

discovered that the tax reduction initiative known as the “Headlee Amendment” has resulted

in a reduction in the property tax revenues allocated to the fire department. A list of tax based

and non-tax based alternatives was compiled. Guidelines for creating and adopting user fees

were established. It was recommended that the Harrison Township Fire Department evaluate

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