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Townships, village requesting funds for fire, EMS

Voters in several townships and a village are to consider levies to fund first-responder services on Election Day Nov. 5.

Voters in Adams Township are to consider a replacement tax to fund fire operations. It is a five-year, 1.4-mill levy.

Joline Humbert, fiscal officer for Adams Township, said it is the same millage, and she expects it to generate a little more money because property values have gone up.

“It funds our contract with the Green Springs fire department — every penny of it does,” she said.

According to information from Seneca County Auditor Julie Adkins, the levy would generate $55,481 annually, and the estimated cost to the owner of a home with a value of $100,000 would be $49.

Voters in Pleasant Township are to consider a five-year, half-mill renewal tax to support fire protection.

Bill Biller, Pleasant Township trustee, said trustees contract with Old Fort Volunteer Fire Department and Green Springs Rural Volunteer Fire Department for fire protection.

“We have two great fire departments we contract with, and we (want to) continue that service for our residents,” said fellow trustee Doug Stacy.

According to information from Adkins, the levy would generate $23,377 and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $14.10 annually.

Voters in Thompson Township are to consider renewal of a tax for fire protection services.

Jessica Ziegler, fiscal officer for Thompson Township, said the five-year, 0.8-mill levy is to fund fire protection for the township.

“Bellevue (Fire Department) supplies Thompson Township,” she said.

According to information from Adkins, the levy would generate $22,381 and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $20.16 annually.

Voters in Attica and Venice and Reed townships are to consider a renewal tax to support Attica-Venice-Reed Joint Ambulance District

The three-year, 1.5-mill levy would generate $98,088 and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $41.35 annually.

Barb Charlton, EMS coordinator, said the levy is to fund personnel, training and anything that goes along with personnel, such as uniforms.

Money also helps fund housing for personnel who come in from out of town. The district has an apartment on Tiffin Street in Attica, she said.

Crew members receive a stipend of $3.50 per hour. It’s officials’ goal to have two people on the squad 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Charlton said.

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