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in one local community may soon have to make a choice: pay for a new levy or
see cuts to their fire department.
survive in 2015 with the same level of service they provide now, Sylvania
Township Fire Chief Jeff Kowalski says they'll need more money.
a challenge every day, with the diminished funds we're getting from the state,"
he said. "Property taxes are down and we have an increase in gas prices just
like homeowners do."
less money coming in and the number of calls increasing by about 5 percent each
year, it's hard for the department to keep up.
have already cut our budgets as much as we can right now," Kowalski said.
they will be turning to voters in 2014, asking them to support a levy so they
can avoid making major cuts.
level of service would have to diminish in some way, because we'd have to cut
personnel or cut apparatus that are responding," the chief said.
that would increase response times. So while some people in the area say they
can't afford to pay more taxes, other say it would be money well spent.
would we be without them? We would be really complaining if they couldn't get
to our house if it was on fire or something else like that," said Linda Emch. "This
is one of the things, like the schools, you just can't do without."
township administrator says they're organizing a committee to look over the
department's finances to see how much the levy would need to generate. Voters
can expect to see the issue on the ballot in 2014.