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May 6 primary Brown Township again asking voters for fire levy

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For the second time in less than a year, Brown Township voters will be asked to approve a fire levy.

The 5.12-mill fire levy will appear on the May 6 ballot as Issue 20.

It follows a 4.66-levy fire levy request voters rejected 224-171 in November.

If approved, the levy would become effective Jan. 1, 2015, and generate $455,016 annually.

It would cost homeowners an additional $179 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value, according to Brown Township Fiscal Officer Greg Ruwe.

Township residents currently pay about $211 per $100,000 of assessed property value, the result of two previous fire levies in 1994 and 2004. They are being collected at 4.15 mills and 2.74 mills, respectively.

Township officials say the levy is needed to maintain an identical effective millage rate with residents of Norwich Township, where voters approved a 4.12-mill fire levy in May 2013.

The Norwich Township Fire Department provides fire and EMS service to Brown Township's approximately 790 households.

The May 6 levy request increased in millage to compensate for the loss of tax revenue in 2014, Brown Township officials said.

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