Norwich Township has approved a three-year contract with its firefighters that freezes base pay for each of those years, in light of the township's spring levy bid.
"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," said Norwich Township Administrator Kate Cavanaugh.
The contract deal with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 1723, which represents the township's 85 firefighters, was approved by the trustees 3-0 Dec. 18.
Other than the freeze in pay, the three-year contract, which went 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 this spring.