Center Township seeks fire levy

LISBON – Center Township voters will again be asked to pass a new fire levy officials say is needed to help purchase a pumper truck.

Township trustees recently voted to place the new 1.23-mill fire levy on the May primary election, which is slightly lower than the 1.3-mill fire levy defeated by township voters 785 to 617 in the November 2012 general election.

Center and Elkrun townships contract with the Lisbon Fire Department for fire services, and the townships have agreed to help purchase a new pumper for the department.

The township’s share is $300,000 and it will take them the full five years to save enough money to cover its obligation. Elkrun Township voters approved a new fire levy in 2010 for the same purpose.

“They already have their levy in place to bring in money for the fire truck, and we’re just trying to do the same thing,” said township Fiscal Officer Rebecca Tolson.

She said the levy would generate $60,400 a year and they have no intention of seeking the levy’s renewal after it expires in five years and has generated the needed money.

The levy would raise taxes by $37 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. The levy from last year would have raised property taxes by about $40 a year for the same homeowner.

Center Township has two other existing fire levies -for 0.2 mills and 0.5 mills, which generate a combined $28,000 a year. Tolson had said before almost all of the money from the two levies is used to reimburse Lisbon for fire services, leaving barely enough left to set aside for major purchases, such as a new fire truck.