Bangor’s Police and Fire Chiefs met with members of the city’s budget writing committee Wednesday.
The city’s finance director says there are virtually no changes to the police department’s budget of $8.9 million.
Fire Chief Scott Lucas says he’s confident in their proposed budget of $7.5 million.
He’d like to see the city invest in two new ambulances and a new HVACs system for their station.
Lucas says it’s been a financially challenging few months because of changes in Medicare reimbursement.
He says they’re responding to more calls than their revenue supports.
Representatives from the firefighter’s union told members of the committee that the department desperately needs to fill positions and repair their vehicle fleet.
“We need to find a way to get our vacant positions filled for the safety of our firefighters and the citizens we serve,” said John York, President of Bangor’s Professional Firefighters Union, Local 772.
“The rescue and ambulance vehicles that we use every day on 911 calls, we need replaced,” said Chief Scott Lucas.
Also at that meeting, Councilor Pauline Civiello suggested selling Bangor Municipal Golf Course.
Budgets for Bass Park and the Parks and Rec. Departments were also discussed.