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Published: Thursday, 12/19/2013

Sylvania Township trustees pass 2014 budgets with few changes

BY MIKE SIGOV
BLADE STAFF WRITER

The 2014 Sylvania Township budgets that township trustees passed this week includes about $16 million of surplus carried over from this year.

Some of the surplus will be used for the operation of the township departments over the next few years, said Mike Jones, a spokesman for the township.

"I like to call it a reserve," Township Administrator John Zeitler said. "If the economy and the property values start picking up, we should be in good shape until at least 2025."

He said there are no significant differences between the 2013 and 2014 budgets.

The budget surplus includes about $4.1 million for the police fund, about $7.8 million for the general fund, and about $1.9 million each for the fire fund and the road and bridge fund.

Fire department budget shows a $300,000 estimated deficit in 2015 and $1.2 million deficit in 2016. The projected budgets for the other three departments show slightly declining surpluses in 2015 and in 2016.

During a budget review meeting this month, Mr. Zeitler and township Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski urged the township trustees to consider placing a levy on the ballot in May or November for the fire department to maintain its services and to avoid a deficit in 2015.

There was no discussion of a new fire levy at Tuesday's township trustee meeting, Mr. Zeitler said.

"If the levy gets on the ballot and fails to pass, the trustees have instructed the fire chief to come up with a plan on what the fire department would need top do to balance their budget," the township administrator said.

The budget was passed 2-1. Trustees John Jennewine and Neal Mahoney voted for it, trustee Kevin Haddad voted against it.

Contact Mike Sigov at: sigov@theblade.com, 419-724-6089, or on Twitter: @mikesigovblade.



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