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Perrysburg Twp police and fire eye November levies

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November is still four months away but Perrysburg township trustees are already looking toward the election.

Wednesday, the police and fire departments presented possible levies.

"We've had them for several years now," Perrysburg township fire Chief Tom Brice said.  "They basically cover operations."

The fire department is looking to renew a one mill and two mill levy.

Chief Brice says together, they'll bring in roughly a million dollars, which would go a long way.

"It's essential," Brice said.  "It covers the basic necessities of the employee salaries and keeping our equipment up and running."

Perrysburg township voters could have a lot to decide this November.

While the fire levies are both renewals, the police levy would be a new tax.

"They're a million dollars short, and we've got to do something," Gary Bitten, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees said.

He says the best option might be a levy.

Specifics aren't nailed down, but to raise that kind of cash, the millage would have to be at least 2.6.

It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home, $91 a year.

If it's approved, the money would cover officer salaries, car maintenance and uniforms.

"We're trying to do the best we can on the police side of it to save money," Britten said.  "It's just tough because crime is not going away."

Nothing has been officially decided.

Trustees could take action on this in a couple of weeks.
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