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Sylvania Twp. fire levy still up in the air

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Medical and fire calls keep pouring in to the Sylvania Township Fire Department.  But money is not.

Dropping home values and a sluggish economy have left the department with less tax revenue than expected, and a projected $300,000 budget shortfall by the end of next year.   Fire and township officials say a levy is desperately needed.

"Without too much of an impact to services we should be able to get through 2015, but the really big deficits hit in 2016," says township trustee, John Jennewine. 

Details like the exact length and levy amount have not been ironed out, and that's what bothers some leaders.  With the deadline for the county closing in, they worry they won't get the support they need.

"I think everyone's concern is time and how do we effectively get our message out," says Jennewine.

Sylvania residents say they don't like the idea of another tax, but most don't want to see the fire department suffer.

"They're always very good when they're called, they're there before you hang up the phone so I don't have any second thoughts about the levy," says Heidi Leroux-Conifer who lives in the city of Sylvania.  "I would support it 100 percent."

Leaders still need to form a levy committee and get the county auditor to sign off on whatever plans move forward.  Leaders will take up the issue at the next trustees meeting on July 1.  They will have to finalize an amount and submit details to the Lucas County Board of Elections by August 6 to make it on the ballot this November.

"The longer time that we have to get our message out, I think the better chance we'll have this November," says Jennewine.

To see a full copy of the latest fire department review, click on this link: http://www.sylvaniatownship.com/uploads/June%203%20Fire%20Department%20Review.pdf
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