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Sylvania Twp. Fire Dept. considers levy request

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Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski has been with the Sylvania Township Fire Department for 35 years.  His department prides itself on service to the community.  But Kowalski worries it could be in jeopardy.

Dropping home values and a sluggish economy left the department with less tax revenue than expected.  The result - a projected $300,000 budget shortfall by 2015.  If nothing else changes, that number could jump to over a million the following year.

"The amount of money that we're collecting is about $400,000 less than we anticipated," says Kowalski. "I think we have a great level of service here in Sylvania and Sylvania Township."

"If you can't have the fire department and the emergency services then that would be something that would really be missing in the community," says local voter, Julie Klein.  "I would support them."

The chief says it's too early to know if layoffs or station closures would be necessary without a levy, but cuts would come. 

"We would have to take a look at the services we provide and see how we can provide them at lesser dollars," Kowalski tells 13abc.

The next step is to form a levy committee that will determine an exact amount and decide which election to make the proposal.  Kowalski hopes to get that committee formed after the first of the year.

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