WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Voters in Washington Township will be voting on a renewal levy for fire and emergency medical services on the Nov. 7 ballot.
The levy will be a renewal tax of 2 mills for five years, commencing in 2018.
“This will be the first renewal,” Washington Township Trustee Edward McMaken said.
The funds are used to contract with EMS and fire services from the Piqua Fire Department, Covington Fire and Rescue, and the Lockington Volunteer Fire Department.
“A few years ago, when this was initiated, our funds were pretty well depleted,” McMaken said. “We had to generate some money to operate and that’s what we came up with was the fire and squad levy, which has really helped to give us operating funds.”
If township residents vote this levy down, McMaken said that they would have to try again with another renewal levy in order to fund EMS and fire services for township residents.
“If you don’t have the funds coming in, you have to look at other ways,” McMaken said. “There’s not a whole lot you can cut when you’re a township. You either have the funds to do them or you don’t.”
McMaken believes that the township has support from its residents to pass the renewal levy to pay for EMS and fire services.
“We’ve had support from our township residents, and they understand the situation and how things are and we try and do things the best we can to keep things operating,” McMaken said. “I think the residents of the township will help us on this … It’s something that we need.”
In addition to voting on this renewal levy, township residents will be voting on re-electing township trustees McMaken and James A. Hiegel. They are currently sitting township trustees, and they are running unopposed. The term for the remaining township trustee, Matthew Hartley, is up in 2019.
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