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Published: Tuesday, 12/11/2007

Sylvania Township trustees to place 1.25-mill fire levy on March 4 ballot

Sylvania Township trustees decided yesterday to proceed with placing a 1.25-mill fire levy on the March 4 ballot.

Trustees Carol Contrada and Pam Hanley voted in favor of asking voters to consider the continuing levy that, if approved, would generate $2 million annually for the fire department that serves the township and the city of Sylvania.

Trustee DeeDee Liedel said she was absent from the special session because of a death in her family. Last week Mrs. Liedel moved to take the first of two steps toward putting the levy on the ballot.

The levy would generate funds to address the department's operating and capital needs.

Plans include purchasing new fire apparatus at an estimated cost of $2 million and constructing three fire stations and upgrading a fourth station at a cost of $8.2 million.

The fire department's staffing level could increase if the levy passes. However, cuts are likely without additional funding, officials said.

The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an estimated $46 a year, officials said.

In November, township voters turned down two 0.5-mill fire levies for operations and capital improvements.

A 1.5-mill fire levy, based on a citizens' initiative, was defeated in the township but approved by city voters. It won't be collected because it didn't pass in both entities.

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