Sylvania Township trustees have given the final approval necessary to place a 1.9 mill levy for the fire department on this November’s ballot.
Trustees had earlier voted in favor of the measure, but the more recent vote came after certification of amounts involved by the Lucas County Auditor.
Under current circumstances, the fire fund is predicted to run a deficit in 2022.
When a 1.5 mill levy was approved in 2014, the department’s 56 firefighter/paramedics responded to 4,706 alarms. Last year its 60 firefighter/paramedics responded to 6,380 calls for aid. Last month the department added three firefighter/paramedics.
Fire Chief Mike Ramm had suggested a levy request for 2.4 mills, but after discussions with civic groups and individuals, the request will be for 1.9 mills.
Due to the increasing number of calls, the department will need additional personnel now and in the future, Chief Ramm said. There will also be increasing maintenance costs and periodically a need to purchase equipment.
One of those purchases, as noted in a needs assessment for the fire department, is an additional medic unit. In 2014, rescue/emergency runs totaled 3,637. Last year they were 4,567.
Trustees said they understand that in the current economic climate a request for a fire levy might not seem well-timed. However, there is a clear and documented need for additional funding to keep the Sylvania Township Fire Department at the excellent level of service it has provided.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Posted: July 29, 2020
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