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The Fire/EMS Levy Issue is a request to increase the current millage for Fire-EMS service by 2.5 new mills.
Passage of the Fire/EMS Levy Issue will cost the owner of property valued at $100,000 an additional $7.29 per month. ($87.48 per year)
The proposed Fire/EMS Levy would provide the necessary revenue for the Fire/EMS Department to maintain its current level of service to Springfield Township through 2026, possibly longer. Unless the department receives an increase in revenue, the budget projections for Fire/EMS demonstrate that reserve funds will be depleted by 2022.
The most recent Fire/EMS levy that passed nearly 10 years ago, was assessed against property as it was valued in 2011. This revenue has stayed the same and does not increase unless voters agree to replace or increase the millage. Revenues for the Fire/EMS Department have remained the same for the past 10 years. Operational expenditures of the department, however, do rise, creating a financial gap between revenues and expenditures.
Townships in Ohio are heavily dependent on property tax and more specifically, reliant on special levies to generate the necessary operating revenues which provide primary (police and fire) services. Unlike most cities, Townships fund operations for specific departments with specific levies and the revenues derived from those levies can only be used for the purpose in which they were passed. As a result, Springfield Township cannot use levy revenues passed for Fire to fund Police or vice-versa. For this reason, individual levies for both Police and Fire/EMS are being requested.
Passage of the levy will