Retired fire chief: Township responsibly manages levy funds
To the Editor:
As a lifelong resident of Norwich Township -- 71 years -- and a 40-year veteran of the Norwich Township Fire Department, I know firsthand how our trustees, both previous and current, have spent our tax dollars.
For example, the last levy in 1998 was passed to last 10 years; it has lasted 15 years.
The department maintains an insurance services office of three, which is in the top 5 percent in the state. The ISO sets the rates for fire insurance.
Meanwhile, the population has increased 34 percent and EMS/medic runs are up 75 percent from 2,282 in 1998 to 4,015 in 2012.
The department's manpower also has increased from 46 in 1998 to 85 in 2012.
The firefighters have agreed not to take any pay raises for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The trustees have managed our money very well, but it is time for our help once again. This new levy would cost only $10.50 more per month per $100,000 of assessed property value.
Please get out to vote for Issue 11 on May 7 to help pass this levy and maintain one of the highest quality fire and EMS services in the state.
Keith J. McDowell
Retired fire chief