Little-known fire district elections to be held Tuesday

Voters in more than 120 districts on Long Island will elect new fire commissioners.

The Ridge firehouse.

The Ridge firehouse. (12/10/12)

RIDGE - Tomorrow marks a little-known election day on Long Island: voters in more than 120 fire districts in Nassau and Suffolk will go to the polls to elect new fire commissioners.

There is typically low turnout for fire district elections, and in many of the 120 districts, there's only one person on the ballot. But it's an important post, as fire commissioners help come up with budgets that have a direct impact on local property taxes.

Bonding will also be on the ballot tomorrow in several districts. In Ridge, the fire district is asking residents for $7 million to rebuild its firehouse. It comes out to cost approximately $10 per house, per month, but all of the Ridge residents who spoke with News 12 Long Island today had no idea that the measure would be on the ballot Tuesday.

Many sanitation districts are holding elections on Wednesday.

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