From the Village of Oakfield Website:
Village of Oakfield May Cut Off Fire Protection for Town of Oakfield over Non-Payment; will take Town to Court
FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES
Since June of 2020, the Village has continued to provide the Town with fire protection through good faith, despite the fact that the Town has refused to sign a fire contract for such services. To date, the Town has not reimbursed the Village for this service and continues to refuse to pay for the fire protection services rendered. This is despite the Town collecting the tax from Town residents to pay the bill and continuing to accept the service provided. Pursuant to the New York State Comptroller, this is illegal and improper. While the Village has participated in discussions to resolve the impasse, the Town has refused to agree to terms. This means that for over 15 months the Village has provided fire protection to the Town without being reimbursed for the cost of the services rendered and does not have a signed contract for fire protection for all of last year and the three months beginning this year.
The Village Board recognizes those who live and do business outside the Village are our friends, families and businesses that are close to us as “community.” Unfortunately, providing such a major service without compensation and cooperation needs to cease. Legally, the Village is not able to shoulder the entire burden for providing a service to an outside entity or municipality. For the 2020-21 fiscal year and the past three additional months, the Town knew what to budget, collected tax revenue for this expense and continued to avail itself of Village provided fire protection but did not make payment or sign successor agreements.
In closing, the Village Board wants to emphasize that our Village Fire Department has responded to every call in the Town and that the Department has provided exemplary service without blemish while the Village has controlled cost as much as possible. The service needs to be provided on a sustainable financial basis. To that end, we remain hopeful that the Town will pay the amounts already due, and will agree to contract once again with the Village for fire protection. However, if the Town refuses to make arrangements for fire protection in the Town, the Village can no longer provide the service for free and must take the difficult action to cease fire protection coverage for the town.
Mayor David Boyle
Deputy Mayor John Igoe
Trustees Michael Cianfrini, Michele Graham, John Mullen