Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
And the answers are…
As for fire and rescue per capita: The $5.5 million won’t all be added to next year’s budget (even if the new board leaves the decision as is). But when that money is all added, Spotsy will pay about $157 per resident for fire and rescue services. This means that the increase is about $44 per resident. I agree that it would be very interesting to see how much Spotsy residents think is reasonable. I have the feeling that there would be a pretty wide range of answers in that survey. But it would definitely be interesting.
When it comes to comparing Spotsy to other localities, I had to use 2010 numbers. Those are the latest available on the Auditor of Public Accounts site. It would be useful to look at localities’ updated budgets and census numbers and get more up-to-date figures, but I’m going to save that for another day.
Here are some numbers from that site (remember, these are 2010, so Spotsy’s number will be different than the quiz answer):
Spotsy, $101; Stafford, $106; Hanover, $202; Henrico, $168; King George, $104; Caroline, $98; Fredericksburg, $194.
And since it always comes up in a fire and rescue discussion: Fairfax City, $383.
It would also be interesting to see how these figures correspond to response times. Do you get faster service for more money? And if so, how much would be willing to pay for that speed?