Let's be honest: Taxes are never a pleasant issue, especially this time of year. But then again, not having fire and medical assistance when you need it is even more unpleasant.

To the Editor:

Let's be honest: Taxes are never a pleasant issue, especially this time of year.

But then again, not having fire and medical assistance when you need it is even more unpleasant.

That's why New Albany residents should join me and vote for the Plain Township fire levy May 5.

Residents should know the facts. Our taxes for fire and emergency-medical services are among the lowest in Franklin County, which is amazing considering how much New Albany has grown in population and business in the past 10 years.

Fire department calls have increased 33 percent since the last levy in 2008, according to documents from the fire department and the levy website, safenewalbany.com.

With limited resources, the department is at risk of not being able to adequately respond during times of multiple emergencies after reducing firefighter/paramedic hours because of budget cuts.

Based on a median home value of $447,000, according to online real-estate database Zillow, if the levy is approved, residents will pay about $25 more per month, a small price for restoring staffing.

Considering the lack of funding increase in recent years and tremendous growth in population, it's time to support our fire department.

While we hope to never need to call 911, it sure is good knowing the department has the resources to be there quickly when we do.

I encourage everyone to take the time to vote for the levy May 5.

Residents who want more information can go online to safenewalbany.com.

Mitch Given
New Albany