Perry Township safety forces levy renewal is on ballot

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Perry Township trustees want voters to continue supporting the equipment and communication needs of their police and fire departments.

A 1.5-mill, five-year safety forces levy up for renewal on the Nov. 7 ballot will do just that.

What the issue won’t do is cost property owners any more that what they’ve already been paying since 1998.

“No new taxes. We’re just trying to keep it whole as it is. We’re going to continue making do with what we’ve got,” Trustee Chairman Cliff Mix said.

The levy currently generates $126,000 annually, which is split 50/50 between the police and fire departments, strictly for equipment and communication costs. None of the money is spent on personnel.

Trustee Don Rudibaugh remarked that the levy “helps us to remain financially sound.”

The levy was first passed in 1997, with collections beginning in 1998 and continuing since then, renewed every five years.

Mix said thank you to the taxpayers for their past support.

Past purchases for the police department have included cruisers, air card fees for cruisers, in-car cameras, body cameras, radio systems, light bars, maintenance for cruisers, fax machine/copier and guns.

For the fire department, the levy has been used for fire trucks, self contained breathing apparatus for firefighters, turnout gear (coats, hats and boots), rescue truck, pumper, air bottle refill station, hoses, nozzles, pagers, radios and the radio tower at the North Station.

Dispatch fees, telephone bills and internet fees have been covered for both departments through the levy.