In February, Plymouth State University and the Town of Plymouth signed a new seven year Life Safety Services Agreement. Under the new agreement, the University has doubled its annual payment to the Town from $170,000 to $341,000, making it the second highest contributor to the
town behind Wal-Mart (see related Citizen article).
Because the University is tax-exempt under the laws of the State of New Hampshire, the agreement provides the town with financial compensation for services it provides the University directly, and indirect costs associated
with having PSU students living in the Plymouth Community. These include ambulance, fire, and dispatch services, as well as a code enforcement officer and a prosecutor. Under the new agreement the University will pay the following:
- An amount equal to 28% of the fire department’s annual budget to cover operating costs.
- $70,000 per year towards fire department capital expenditures.
- $50,000 for a code enforcement officer, with any future salary increases based on average pay increases for all other fire department employees.
- $50,000 to support the prosecutor’s office with future increases limited to the average pay increase for other municipal employees.
- Reimbursement to the Town for each ambulance service response provided on campus.
- Reimbursement to the Town for expenses incurred for extraordinary, one-time services as a result of large gathering of on campus students in off campus settings (i.e. Red Sox playoff game in October 2003). The University and Town will make every effort to plan appropriate forces
in anticipation of such gatherings and agree in advance to the relative cost sharing between the parties.