In Oakhurst Fire District 1, incumbent Commissioner Scott Nelson ran unopposed for the single seat up for grabs on the five-member board and was re-elected with 46 votes.
Nelson, 50, has been a firefighter for 33 years and this will be his 11th year on the board.
Voters also approved Oakhurst’s total $2,141,486 fire district budget, with $1,572,850 to be raised through taxation, by 47 to 5 votes. The tax levy is $41,219 more than last year, resulting in a tax increase of one-tenth of a penny for each $100 of assessed valuation. Fire officials said the increase is due to additional operational and administrative expenses.
In Wanamassa Fire District 2, incumbent Commissioner Earl Gifford was re-elected to his fifth, three-year term after running against first-time candidate David Cohen. Gifford received 100 votes and Cohen garnered 17 votes.
Gifford, 49, has lived his entire life on the township. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 33 years.
Voters also approved the total $2,054,506 Wanamassa Fire District budget, which results in an increase of $662,708 over last year’s budget. The budget was approved by 74 to 18 votes.
Of the increase, $650,326 is for capital or operating appropriations, in this case for replacement of a 1988 pumper truck and $12,382 in increased insurance costs.
Of the total budget, $1,317,866 will be raised through taxation, or $22,408.
However, due to an increase in ratables in the district, there will be no increase in the fire district tax rate, which will remain steady at 9.3 cents for each $100 of assessed evaluation.