No elected official wants to raise taxes or fees for its constituents. But unfortunately, there comes a time when increasing costs makes it necessary. For years, the city of Elkins has had to decrease the General Fund to move money to the Elkins Fire Department's (EFD) separate budget. This has been done on an annual basis because the fire fees were unable to come even close to funding that department's budget, which, by the way, has no fat to cut. This current year, more than $75,000 had to be moved into the EFD budget.