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Jefferson Township

Fire levy back on ballot in August


Jefferson Township trustees Wednesday morning, May 7, wasted no time getting a fire levy back on the ballot.

After the township's 2-mill fire levy failed in the May 6 election, the trustees voted to place a 3-mill levy for fire services on the ballot during a special election, slated for Aug. 5.

Trustee Mike Rowan said the 3-mill levy represents 2 mills that would expire at the end of this year and 1 mill that will expire in 2015.

“If we went back with the 2 mill, we'd immediately have to try to pass a 1-mill (levy) in November,” he said. “It didn't make sense to try to pass 2 mills. We are putting them together and want residents to understand why we're doing it.”

The 2-mill levy failed by 66 votes on May 6, with 1,100 (51.55 percent) voting against the fire levy and 1,034 (48.45 percent) voting for it.

With the close results and low voter turnout, Rowan said, he doesn't think residents want the fire department dismantled.

“There are always people who say no means no,” he said.

“We had (a small percentage) of 11,000 people in the township vote. I'm not convinced that's the sentiment of the township.”

If approved, the 3-mill levy would generate nearly $1.4 million in its first year for fire protection.

For more on this story, read the May 15 edition of ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise.