Experts: Special districts ignored, but crucial

Fire districts across Long Island are holding elections Tuesday and though turnout is expected to be low, officials and activists are trying to get the word out on their importance.

Taxpayers don?t get to vote on the budgets for their fire districts, but they get to pick the commissioner who decides on the budget.

A Newsday study shows fire district spending has risen at almost three times the rate of inflation since 2004. Elmont Fire Commissioner Ralph Esposito echoes that, telling News 12 Long Island his budget has increased 20 percent since 2005.

Election reform advocates are pushing to hold these contests on Election Day to increase turnout and prevent abuse.

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