The county manager yesterday presented his 2012 recommended budget, as assorted media outlets are reporting. The budget document and a mess of related materials-- budget message, budget presentation, budget PowerPoint slides, etc.-- are available on www.wakegov.com. Haven't done an in-depth analysis of the fire and EMS sections just yet. Readers are welcome to contribute perspectives.
On the fire side, the budget recommendations from the Fire Commission were approved at a meeting on May 5. Read a blog posting with that summary. Had prior engagement that evening, so didn't attend. Have however listened to an audio recording. The Bay Leaf Station 1 replacement was a point of discussion, in a matter involving how the Fire Commission Budget Commission conducted the vote. Thus that project appears still on the table but not part of what was recommended, and thus remains listed in the long-range capital plans in the above budget document. Clear as mud?