Covington voters OK renewal levies

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Approximately 60 percent of Covington voters approved renewal levies for contracts for fire and emergency medical services on Tuesday evening.

“We’re very pleased with the support,” Covington Mayor Ed McCord said on Tuesday night. McCord said. “We’re very pleased with the outcome.”

The 2.2-mill renewal levy was approved by a vote of 463 votes for the levy to 302 votes against, according to unofficial election results.

The 1.6-mill levy was approved by a vote of 500 votes for the levy to 265 votes against, according to unofficial election results.

Voters had two levies to consider due to the levies beginning at different times, but they both fund fire and EMS contracts.

The levies were last replaced five years ago, but they will just be renewals this year, meaning no new taxes. Together, they will generate approximately $153,000 annually.

The levies have also been in existence since at least the 1990s.

Both levies were also general fund levies, but they go to fund fire and EMS.

The current levies will run through the end of 2018, and if voters approve these renewal levies, they will take effect in 2019.

Village Administrator Mike Busse said previously that these levies would just be a continuation of the funding levies the village has right now.

Covington Fire and Rescue’s approximately 43 members are mostly volunteers, but they do offer a paid EMS service that operates around the clock, which is what the largest portion of those fire and EMS contracts funds. Those employees are on station and ready to respond to EMS calls, which has also improved the station’s response times.

By Sam Wildow

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