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Green Twp. to seek fire equipment levy

GREENFORD – The Green Township trustees will seek a levy for fire equipment in November.

The trustees approved a resolution of necessity to place a 1.5 mill levy on the Nov. 3 ballot that is expected to generate between $120,000 and $130,000 annually that will be used only on equipment.

Trustees took the action after a request from Todd Baird, fire chief and village administrator, who asked the board to consider the levy for equipment in an attempt to free up funds to pay firefighters for calls. He told trustees last month the township’s fire department is one of the few remaining, if any, that operates entirely on volunteer service.

According to a review of capital replacement through 2045 by Fiscal Officer Randy Chismar, the department is looking at just over $3.4 million including vehicles, equipment and turnout gear.

Trustee Dave Slagle voted against making the levy for equipment only. He said his vote against the levy is not because he believes the department does not need the money, but because he does not believe it should be limited to equipment purchases.

Trustees must approve another resolution – one of intent to place the levy on the ballot – and submit it to the Mahoning County Board of Elections by 4 p.m. Aug. 5.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 25 at the community building.

khowell@salemnews.net

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