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Sylvania Twp pushes new fire levy forward

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SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Sylvania Township officials are considering a new fire levy for operational costs and staff, but there are mixed feelings among trustees.

On Tuesday, township trustees met to discuss moving forward with a 1.5 mil levy, which would last seven years. It would cost the owner of a $150,000 home $78 per year. The levy received two votes for it, and one against.

Trustee Jon Jennewen says he's concerned they have not had enough community input for the levy and that it will either fail at the ballot, or will pass but not fill the community need.

Trustee Neal Mahoney says he doesn't like the idea of raising taxes, but recognizes it as necessary to maintain quality of life.

The levy is expected to help with operational costs for the fire department, including replacing equipment and hiring two people to run emergency transport. The township currently depends on the county for transportation, and with an increase in Sylvania's population, trustees say the department is getting more calls. 

Trustees will vote on putting the levy on the ballot August 15.

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