Westerville and Blendon Township voters approved a new permanent fire levy for the Westerville Division of Fire in the March 15 primary election.

Westerville and Blendon Township voters approved a new permanent fire levy for the Westerville Division of Fire in the March 15 primary election.

Unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections showed the levy passing 64 to 36 percent, or 7,043 to 4,043 votes among Westerville voters.

Township residents backed the levy by a vote of 1,536 to 679 in Franklin County while those in Delaware County favored the levy by 64 to 36 percent, or 2,201 votes to 1,235.

The 2.8-mill levy will replace the existing six-year, 2.6-mill levy passed in 2010, and will fund the fire division with an expected $3 million over the next six years.

Currently, property owners of Westerville and Blendon are paying roughly $306 per year for fire and EMS services for every $100,000 of assessed property value, according to the city's website. They will pay an additional $98 per year for every $100,000 of assessed value under the new levy.

Collection will begin with the first property tax bills in 2017.

Fire Chief Brian Miller said he appreciated the residents funding the department.

"We look forward to continuing the level and quality of service we've provided over the last six years and carrying that forward over the next six years," he said. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much. We appreciate the support."

Funds will go toward work on existing facilities as well as refurbishing or replacing equipment and vehicles for the department.

Liquor options pass

Westerville voters also overwhelmingly approved local liquor options for two city businesses.

The new Pasquale's Pizza and Pasta House location at 558 W. Schrock Road and Cucinova Urban Italian Restaurant at 79 S. State St. were both seeking weekday and Sunday sales of beer, wine and mixed drinks.

Unofficial final results show Pasquale's received 84 percent of the vote for its weekday option and 78 percent for its Sunday option.

Cucinova received 82 percent of the vote for its weekday option and 78 percent for its Sunday option.

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