PEA RIDGE — Jared Powell grew to become the primary full-time paid fire-emergency providers chief for town of Pea Ridge when he reported to work Monday.
His place and wage had been authorized by the Metropolis Council as a part of the lately authorized 2022 price range and was partially made inexpensive by the voters’ approval of a one-cent metropolis gross sales tax.
Mayor Jackie Crabtree introduced that Powell was to start work Monday. Powell beforehand labored full time for the Bella Vista Hearth Division in addition to performing his tasks for Pea Ridge.
Throughout a Metropolis Council Committee of the Entire assembly lately, Powell offered the Hearth Division’s price range to the council. The most important change was in gear and wage, Powell stated. The quantity budgeted for gear for the approaching yr is $140,000, in keeping with the price range handout for the fireplace division.
It is a $60,000 improve. Powell stated he needed to interchange the self-contained respiratory equipment gear in addition to to retire an ambulance.
Firefighter and EMS salaries are budgeted at $723,400, however Powell stated he’s exploring dropping personnel to 4 per shift, which is able to drop the price range quantity to $590,000.
This might additionally cut back group insurance coverage charges to $73,600, Powell stated. Powell needs to ask for $335,300 from the brand new gross sales tax. The fireplace division is 97.5% self-funded for the final yr, Powell stated.
Group insurance coverage additionally went up from $10,300 in 2o21 to $92,000 for the approaching yr, accorind to a handout. Powell attributes this to personnel signing up for insurance coverage for relations. The quantity is predicated on the worker paying $500 a month for 12 months multiplied by 15 staff.