SUMMITVILLE - Although the village's fire levy expired at the end of 2013, they will have one chance this year to get it passed before collection actually ends.
Summitville Village Clerk Bonnie Moore reported that council voted at its recent meeting to begin the process of placing the existing 1-mill fire levy on the November general election ballot for renewal, except the amount will be increased to 1.5 mills, making it a replacement levy.
The levy, which generates $2,000 per year, expired Dec. 31, but collection of property taxes in Ohio are always one year behind, so the village will continue to receive money from the levy through 2014.
Moore took over as village clerk in November, and she said her predecessor had apparently neglected to bring the matter before council in time for the levy to be placed on the May or November 2013 election ballots.
"By the time I took over it was too late to get it on," she said.
The money is used to contract for services with the Franklin Township Fire Department, which is a private volunteer fire company with its fire station located in Summitville.
Fire Chief Jim May said the department has a total annual budget of $41,000, funded mostly from two township fire levies of 0.9 mill and 2 mills. Obviously, the $2,000 from Summitville is only a small part of that budget, "but every bit helps," he said.
May emphasized that Summitville has continued to received fire protection and there has been no interruption in service. "It's such a small community, we'll help them out," he said of the village of 135.