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Walkerville firefighters keep jobs after new budget passes

WALKERVILLE, Mich. — A new budget was finally approved Saturday, allowing the Walkerville Area Fire and Rescue to continue with their operations.

Nearly 60 people attended the meeting to hear out the discussion during a joint town hall meeting Saturday with the Village of Walkerville along with Colfax, Elbridge & Leavitt townships. Trustees pointed to last year’s budget saying a nearly $22,000 over-expenditure forced them to find ways to cut spending.

The cuts leaving this year’s new operating budget at just over $200,000.

Checks were signed immediately after the meeting and the new budget went into effect right away.

Firefighters and medical responders from a community in Oceana County were planing to quit their jobs if officials didn't approve a budget for the department to continue with its operations.

The Walkerville Area Fire and Rescue is operated by the fire authority, which is collectively run by the Village of Walkerville along with Leavitt, Colfax and Elbridge townships.

Walkerville Area and Fire Rescue covers a 130-mile radius in Oceana County.

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