Norwich Township has approved a three-year contract that freezes base pay for its firefighters over the next three years.
The hope is that the move might make a spring levy a little more palatable to voters.
“We knew there was a levy upcoming, but it was very helpful to the township that the firefighters were so agreeable to try to help the township save money,” Norwich Township administrator Kate Cavanaugh said.
Trustees voted unanimously Dec. 18 to approve the contract deal with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1723, which represents the township’s 85 firefighters
Other than the freeze in pay, the three-year contract, which goes into effect Jan. 1, remains largely the same as the firefighters’ existing contract, Cavanaugh said.
Norwich Township has not placed a fire levy on the ballot since 1998, when residents approved a 6-mill levy. Township officials have said they plan to place a levy before voters in the spring.