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Award boost up for vote

Gizzi's husband, Bob, has been a volunteer firefighter for years.

"People don't realize what it's like, the commitment they make for the town," said Donna Gizzi. "If you have a big Memorial Day family picnic planned, and there's a call, they drop everything to go. I remember one Christmas Eve we were putting toys together for our kids, and a call came in on a house fire, and Bob was out all night."

The current annual combined town and village cost of funding the town of Malta and village of Round Lake volunteer firefighter defined benefit service award programs is about $61,400, including the cost of administration. If voters approve the amendment to both programs, the combined annual cost of the amended program will be about $115,400, an increase in the tax rate of about 5 cents per $1,000.

The current annual cost of funding the Malta Ambulance Corps, Inc. Volunteer Ambulance Worker Defined Benefit Service Award Program is about $14,000 including the cost of administration. If voters approve this amendment, the annual cost of the amended program will be about $33,300, or an increase in the tax rate of about 2 cents per $1,000.

"This would really mean a lot to the volunteers who serve the town," said Paul Parker, Jr., a longtime Round Lake fire department member. "It would also be a vote of confidence and support for the departments."

Town residents will vote at Malta town hall, and village of Round Lake residents vote at the village hall on Dec. 11 from noon to 8 p.m.""

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