Voters in Danbury Township and the Village of Marblehead will be casting their votes for a 1.5 mil fire protection tax levy.
The purpose of this tax levy is for providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or sites therefore, or the payment of permanent, part-time or volunteer firefighting, emergency medical service, administrative, or communications personnel to operate the same, including the payment of any employer contributions required for such personnel under section 742.34 of the revised code, or to purchase ambulance equipment, or to provide ambulance, paramedic or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department. Currently the township has two Fire levies and one EMS levy which total 2.7 mils.
The requested 1.5 mil levy will generate approximately $581,000. Estimated cost to a Marblehead homeowner is approximately an additional $21.06 per year per $100,000 valuation of a home. In Danbury, the estimated average additional cost would be $19.06 per year per $100,000 of valuation. Emergency Medical Services are 75 percent of the current budget yet EMS revenues are only 25 percent to 30 percent of current levies.
The new 1.5 mil levy will allow the township to provide 24/7 EMS/FIRE coverage. The current levies do not permit the township to spend voted levy money as it is now needed for EMS expenditures. The trustees will discontinue the existing two Fire and one EMS levies upon passage of the new levy.