Los Angeles Fire Department Budget
Chief Eley has estimated the Los Angeles, Cal., fire department expenses for the next fiscal year at $1,612,364, or an increase of about $700,000 over the allowance made by the Budget Committee for present year, according to reports from city. These figures are shown in a tentative draft of the fire department budget. The chief items for which the department will ask for more money will be for the purchase of additional firehouse sites, more equipment and apparatus, provisions for 13 more companies and the salary roll as made mandatory under the two-platoon ordinance. For the present force Chief Eley asks a salary appropriation of $760,345 and he also asks for $153,680 salary appropriation to restore the ten companies which went out of commission because of lack of funds when the two-platoon ordinance went into effect. Thirteen more new companies call for a salary appropriation of $85,453 and other items in the budget include $8,790 for the proposed fire prevention bureau; $120,000 for a new fire boat at the harbor; $82,700 for new fire houses; $35,850 for fire house sites; $253,000 for new equipment, and $112,546 for maintenance.