The Lima News sent questionnaires to representatives for every issue on the ballot in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Representatives had the opportunity to discuss the major issues with their issue. Only basic information from the board of elections identifies organizations that did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
Levy sought: 4.4 mill renewal tax levy for five years
Purpose: Fire and emergency services to maintain present personnel, building, equipment and service
How much will it raise per year for your organization? $343,920
Cost of the levy to taxpayers: $70 per year for a $50,000 home, $140 for $100,000 home
Why does your organization need the levy? This levy represents approximately 50 percent of the fire departmentís budget. Renewal will allow the department to improve services to the community. It will maintain standards and training for our highly skilled force, maintain frontline equipment and our facilities and continue our full-time paramedic service. Renewal will not increase taxes.
What will happen if the levy fails? If it fails to renew, the department will adjust the daily operations to fit the decreased budget. The biggest issues would ultimately result in increased response time for medical emergencies and fires. Increased response time results in more fire loss, and in medical emergencies it results in less favorable results. Neither of the above options should be acceptable to our community.
Submitted by Norm Capps, trustee