Fire District levy narrowly passes

By Gary Budzak

May 7, 2014

By Gary Budzak

Voters approved a tax levy for the Tri-Township Fire District by a 389-360 vote, or 52 percent to 48 percent, in the primary election on May 6.

“I am relieved,” said Fire Chief Troy Morris. “Once I get a letter from the Board of Elections that says it’s certified, then I’ll definitely be a lot more relieved.”

The 5.5-mill levy will cost a homeowner $192.50 per $100,000 of market valuation. The levy will collect $973,743 annually; or $4,868,715 over the life of the five-year levy.

Morris said the operating levy would maintain the status quo — five firefighters in stations at Coover and Sunbury roads, whose jurisdiction is parts of Brown, Delaware and Troy townships. A fire district is independent of the city in which it is located, but Morris said Tri-Township will often respond to the same calls as the City of Delaware’s Fire Department.

Had the levy failed, Morris said, “It wasn’t going to be an easy thing to make the changes that we were gonna have to make. We were going to be shortening up our staffing a little bit.”

Last year, voters approved an equipment levy for Tri-Township.

According to the City of Delaware’s website, the station at Sunbury Road can service fire extinguishers. For more information, call Tri-Township at 740-369-2703.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-363-1161 ext. 340 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.