Jerome Township voters approve fire levy

Sarah Sole
ThisWeek group
Jerome Township firefighter Ryan Bebout raises the cab of the engine so he can check engine fluid levels Oct. 1. Township officials sought a renewal of a 2011 2.9-mill levy and an additional 2.9 mills, and voters appear to have approved the request Nov. 3.

After two previous rejections, Jerome Township's request for a fire levy appears to have been approved.

With all precincts reporting, Jerome Township voters approved the levy 2,514 votes to 2,299 votes, or 52.23% to 47.77%, according to unofficial results Nov. 3 from the Union County Board of Elections.

Residents voted to renew a 2.9-mill levy originally approved in 2011 and add 2.9 mills.

Township property owners pay a bit less than $183.73 annually per $100,000 of home valuation for fire and emergency-medical-services operations, according to fire Chief Douglas Stewart.

The approved levy will add about $100 more per year to their tax bills, he said.

This was the third time in 12 months a fire-levy request was on the ballot.

Voters rejected a 5.5-mill, five-year levy request in November 2019 and a 3.5-mill, five-year request in April.

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