FOR SUBMISSION TO ELECTORS OF THE MENDON FIRE DISTRICT

REFERENDUM ON THE PROPOSED CREATION OF THE SERVICE AWARD PROGRAM FOR ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER MEMBERS OF THE MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT PURSUANT TO General Municipal Law Section 216, a public referendum of the residents of the Mendon Fire District will take place on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 between the hours of 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm at The Mendon Fire Hall located at 101 Mendon Ionia Rd. Town of Mendon, County of Monroe, State of New York, for the purpose of voting on the following proposition:

THE MENDON FIRE DISTRICT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ADOPTED A RESOLUTION ON OCTOBER 19, 2021 AUTHORIZING, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 11-A OF THE GENERAL MUNICIPAL LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, A PUBLIC REFERENDUM OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS OF THE MENDON FIRE DISTRICT.

THE RESOLUTION SEEKS APPROVAL OF THE CREATION OF A DEFINED CONTRIBUTION SERVICE AWARD PROGRAM, TO BE ESTABLISHED BY THE DISTRICT FOR ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER MEMBERS OF THE MENDON FIRE DEPARTMENT AND IS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE NYS OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER OR ITS DESIGNEE WHICH SHALL HOLD AND INVEST THE PROGRAM ASSETS.

THIS PROPOSAL WOULD, IF APPROVED, INSTITUTE A DISTRICT PAID ANNUAL SERVICE AWARD CONTRIBUTION, COMMENCING EACH CALENDAR YEAR AFTER 2021 THAT SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE SERVICE AWARD PROGRAM ACCOUNT BALANCE OF A PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER IN THE AMOUNT OF $1200. FOR EACH YEAR OF SERVICE CREDIT EARNED FOR YEARS OF ACTIVE VOLUNTEER SERVICE. VOLUNTEERS WHO JOINED THE DEPARTMENT ON OR AFTER 12-31-2016 AND WHO HAVE FULL ESTABLISHED SERVICE CREDITS, SHALL RECEIVE A $500 CONTRIBUTION FOR EACH FULL YEAR SERVED SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER’S PROGRAM ACCOUNT WITH A MAXIMUM CREDIT OF $2500.

BASED ON THE CURRENT ACTIVE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ROSTER, THE COST OF FUNDING THE CURRENT PROGRAM WILL BE $70,000.00 FOR 2022 PAID BY THE DISTRICT. THE SUM REQUIRED TO COVER PAST YEARS CONTRIBUTIONS BY LONG TIME MEMBERS IS ESTIMATED TO BE $100,000.00. SHOULD VOTERS APPROVE THIS PROPOSAL, THE ANNUAL COST COULD DECREASE TO AS LITTLE AS $50,000.00 ($1,200 FOR EACH PARTICIPATING VOLUNTEER) FOR CALENDAR YEARS BEGINNING AFTER DECEMBER 31, 2021. IF ALL CURRENT VOLUNTEERS EARN A YEAR OF SERVICE CREDIT UNDER THE POINT SYSTEM DURING 2022 AND EACH YEAR THEREAFTER, THE ANNUAL COST OF ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROGRAM SHALL BE DEBITED FROM EACH VOLUNTEERS ANNUAL AWARD. THAT ANNUAL EXPENSE IS $45.00 PER VOLUNTEER.

THE MENDON FIRE DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS ENCOURAGE YOUR VOTE ON DECEMBER
14, 2021