Snapshot: Fire dept. budget costs, 2010

By Matt Carroll, Boston Globe | June 17, 2010
The cost of fire departments varies widely across the state. Towns such as Yarmouth and Athol devote about 10 percent of their budget to the departments, according to information from the Department of Revenue, for 2010.
MunicipalityFireRank
ABINGTON4.3144
ACTON0328
ACUSHNET1.7240
ADAMS0.1325
AGAWAM4.2149
ALFORD1.9227
AMESBURY5.788
AMHERST6.350
ANDOVER5.977
ARLINGTON665
ASHBURNHAM3.9162
ASHBY2.5200
ASHFIELD1.3273
ASHLAND3.7172
ATHOL10.62
ATTLEBORO6.352
AUBURN5.787
AVON6.353
AYER5.2104
BARNSTABLE0328
BARRE1.9223
BECKET0.5322
BEDFORD3.2182
BELCHERTOWN0.9300
BELLINGHAM3.9164
BELMONT6.164
BERKLEY0.8307
BERLIN1.7242
BERNARDSTON1.9224
BEVERLY6.834
BILLERICA5.883
BLACKSTONE3.8168
BLANDFORD0328
BOLTON0.7312
BOSTON6.932
BOURNE729
BOXBOROUGH4.4141
BOXFORD1.9222
BOYLSTON2.1215
BRAINTREE7.917
BREWSTER5113
BRIDGEWATER8.212
BRIMFIELD1.3265
BROCKTON8.69
BROOKFIELD0.8311
BROOKLINE6.737
BUCKLAND0326
BURLINGTON6.640
CAMBRIDGE6.447
CANTON6.835
CARLISLE1.2277
CARVER1.3268
CHARLEMONT1.8228
CHARLTON728
CHATHAM7.322
CHELMSFORD4.2150
CHELSEA6.257
CHESHIRE0.5321
CHESTER0328
CHESTERFIELD0.8310
CHICOPEE7.323
CHILMARK1.4261
CLARKSBURG0328
CLINTON4.6127
COHASSET5.975
COLRAIN1.7233
CONCORD4.5132
CONWAY1.1280
CUMMINGTON0.6320
DALTON0328
DANVERS5.597
DARTMOUTH0328
DEDHAM5.878
DEERFIELD0328
DENNIS8.87
DIGHTON4.7125
DOUGLAS1288
DOVER1.5258
DRACUT5112
DUDLEY4.2152
DUNSTABLE0.7314
DUXBURY4.9115
EAST BRIDGEWATER5.2102
EAST BROOKFIELD3.3178
EASTHAM8.68
EASTHAMPTON5.969
EAST LONGMEADOW1.5254
EASTON4.7124
EDGARTOWN1286
EGREMONT3.9167
ERVING1.6250
ESSEX2.3209
EVERETT6.348
FAIRHAVEN5.2105
FALL RIVER6.642
FALMOUTH5.691
FITCHBURG6.736
FLORIDA0328
FOXBOROUGH5.2103
FRAMINGHAM7.127
FRANKLIN4.4138
FREETOWN4.1154
GARDNER5.1107
GAY HEAD1.2274
GEORGETOWN2219
GILL2.5201
GLOUCESTER6.351
GOSHEN2.2214
GOSNOLD1.1282
GRAFTON1292
GRANBY0.9298
GRANVILLE0.8304
GREAT BARRINGTON4.8121
GREENFIELD3.8169
GROTON2.7196
GROVELAND2220
HADLEY1.7238
HALIFAX4.4140
HAMILTON2.2211
HAMPDEN0.3324
HANCOCK3188
HANOVER5.1106
HANSON8.113
HARDWICK2.3208
HARVARD1291
HARWICH6.638
HATFIELD1.3270
HAVERHILL6.259
HAWLEY1.8231
HEATH1.1283
HINGHAM5.974
HINSDALE1.3269
HOLBROOK7.421
HOLDEN2.7195
HOLLAND0.9299
HOLLISTON1.3271
HOLYOKE6.639
HOPEDALE2.6198
HOPKINTON3.3181
HUBBARDSTON0328
HUDSON4.8119
HULL8.410
HUNTINGTON1.4260
IPSWICH4160
KINGSTON5.594
LAKEVILLE3.9165
LANCASTER1.6247
LANESBOROUGH0.8303
LAWRENCE4.8120
LEE0.7313
LEICESTER0.8309
LENOX1.6248
LEOMINSTER7.519
LEVERETT1.7241
LEXINGTON4.5134
LEYDEN1.6245
LINCOLN4.5133
LITTLETON1.5256
LONGMEADOW4.2148
LOWELL5.785
LUDLOW0328
LUNENBURG2.4205
LYNN7.126
LYNNFIELD2.8194
MALDEN7.420
MANCHESTER4.8123
MANSFIELD3.9166
MARBLEHEAD4.5136
MARION2.1216
MARLBOROUGH6.931
MARSHFIELD5.972
MASHPEE6.643
MATTAPOISETT1.6244
MAYNARD5.2101
MEDFIELD2.3210
MEDFORD0328
MEDWAY0.9295
MELROSE5.399
MENDON5.398
MERRIMAC3191
METHUEN6.349
MIDDLEBOROUGH4157
MIDDLEFIELD0.4323
MIDDLETON666
MILFORD4.4137
MILLBURY1.8232
MILLIS3.7173
MILLVILLE5.595
MILTON6.641
MONROE1.5252
MONSON1293
MONTAGUE0328
MONTEREY4159
MONTGOMERY0.9301
MOUNT WASHINGTON1.6251
NAHANT816
NANTUCKET3.9163
NATICK6.545
NEEDHAM5.882
NEW ASHFORD3.1186
NEW BEDFORD5.970
NEW BRAINTREE2.1217
NEWBURY2.9192
NEWBURYPORT6.162
NEW MARLBOROUGH1.5255
NEW SALEM3.3179
NEWTON5.693
NORFOLK4.2151
NORTH ADAMS3.7171
NORTHAMPTON4.9116
NORTH ANDOVER6.446
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH4.8117
NORTHBOROUGH2.8193
NORTHBRIDGE1.9226
NORTH BROOKFIELD0.6317
NORTHFIELD1.4262
NORTH READING4.9114
NORTON5.786
NORWELL4.4139
NORWOOD5.692
OAK BLUFFS0.8306
OAKHAM2.6197
ORANGE5.880
ORLEANS96
OTIS1.1279
OXFORD0328
PALMER0328
PAXTON2221
PEABODY6.256
PELHAM1.3263
PEMBROKE5.1109
PEPPERELL1.3272
PERU1.5257
PETERSHAM1.1284
PHILLIPSTON4158
PITTSFIELD5110
PLAINFIELD0.9294
PLAINVILLE5.596
PLYMOUTH6.254
PLYMPTON1.7243
PRINCETON0328
PROVINCETOWN2.3206
QUINCY8.114
RANDOLPH668
RAYNHAM6.644
READING5.1108
REHOBOTH1.7235
REVERE7.224
RICHMOND1.3266
ROCHESTER0.8305
ROCKLAND6.163
ROCKPORT1289
ROWE0328
ROWLEY3.1185
ROYALSTON3.2183
RUSSELL3.2184
RUTLAND1.1281
SALEM5.976
SALISBURY5.789
SANDISFIELD0.6319
SANDWICH6.160
SAUGUS5.973
SAVOY0328
SCITUATE7.718
SEEKONK4.5131
SHARON3.9161
SHEFFIELD0.9296
SHELBURNE0327
SHERBORN1.7236
SHIRLEY1.6249
SHREWSBURY3.3180
SHUTESBURY1.5253
SOMERSET4156
SOMERVILLE9.34
SOUTHAMPTON1.3267
SOUTHBOROUGH4.2146
SOUTHBRIDGE4.5135
SOUTH HADLEY0328
SOUTHWICK1.7239
SPENCER2.2213
SPRINGFIELD3.8170
STERLING2.4204
STOCKBRIDGE0.8308
STONEHAM4.6130
STOUGHTON5.881
STOW2.4203
STURBRIDGE5111
SUDBURY4.3142
SUNDERLAND1.1278
SUTTON0.9302
SWAMPSCOTT667
SWANSEA1.7237
TAUNTON5.971
TEMPLETON1.9225
TEWKSBURY6.258
TISBURY1287
TOLLAND2.1218
TOPSFIELD3190
TOWNSEND4.8122
TRURO1.8229
TYNGSBOROUGH1.6246
TYRINGHAM1.7234
UPTON3.6175
UXBRIDGE1.4259
WAKEFIELD5.884
WALES0.6316
WALPOLE4.2147
WALTHAM95
WARE3.5176
WAREHAM0328
WARREN3189
WARWICK1.3264
WASHINGTON0328
WATERTOWN8.411
WAYLAND3.6174
WEBSTER0328
WELLESLEY4.1153
WELLFLEET6.833
WENDELL0.6318
WENHAM3.4177
WESTBOROUGH4.3143
WEST BOYLSTON2.5202
WEST BRIDGEWATER6.930
WEST BROOKFIELD1.2275
WESTFIELD5.690
WESTFORD3187
WESTHAMPTON1285
WESTMINSTER4.6129
WEST NEWBURY2.3207
WESTON4.2145
WESTPORT5.879
WEST SPRINGFIELD6.161
WEST STOCKBRIDGE0.7315
WEST TISBURY1.8230
WESTWOOD4.1155
WEYMOUTH7.225
WHATELY1290
WHITMAN9.83
WILBRAHAM4.8118
WILLIAMSBURG1.2276
WILLIAMSTOWN0328
WILMINGTON4.7126
WINCHENDON2.5199
WINCHESTER4.6128
WINDSOR0.9297
WINTHROP0328
WOBURN6.255
WORCESTER815
WORTHINGTON2.2212
WRENTHAM5.3100
YARMOUTH10.71
SOURCE: Department of Revenue