Officials encourage residents to vote ‘yes’ for volunteer payment plan

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Bradley Beach Borough Hall. FILE PHOTO

BRADLEY BEACH — The mayor and borough council president Tuesday urged Bradley Beach residents to vote “yes” on a Nov. 2 ballot question that would affect a payment program for volunteer first responders.

The question is as follows: “should the Borough establish a Length of Service Awards Program [LOSAP] for volunteer firefighters and first aid squad members who serve Bradley Beach at a cost of $1,150 for each eligible volunteer member, at an initial cost of $17,250.00?”

The goal of the length-of-service award program [LOSAP] is to make financial contributions to volunteer first responders. In June the council voted unanimously to set up the LOSAP payment plan for the Bradley Beach First Aid Squad and Bradley Beach Fire Department. 

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Rather than being a way to help volunteers retire, according to borough officials and first responders, the program, they believe, would help to attract and retain volunteers at a time when new recruits are difficult to come by. 

Ordinance 2020-19, which will come into effect should the referendum pass, establishes a LOSAP that provides for a “fixed annual contribution, to a tax-deferred income account, for each eligible volunteer member.”

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