Voters in Medina County approved levies for roads, EMS and fire service Tuesday night, but an issue to build a fire station/community service center in Westfield Township failed as did a request for operating funds in Spencer.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Medina County Board of Elections show Issue 6 in Westfield Township for a $5 million bond issue to build a fire station/community service center was defeated 583 votes (69.82 percent) to 252 (30.18 percent).
The board will certify the results at a later date.
The $5 million bond would have been retired at 2.2 mills over 30 years, costing tax payers $77 a year per $100,000 of property valuation, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Office.
The plans called for a new facility that would have covered a little more than 12,000 square feet and included a seven-vehicle garage, dorm rooms and bathrooms with showers, a fitness area, public meeting areas, a men’s and women’s bathroom, kitchen, office space, washroom, locker room, training room, equipment room and storage space.
A “safe room” was designed to be part of the structure, available for use in cases where residents feared they were threatened or in danger. In those situations, emergency personnel at the station would unlock the room.
There are 28 volunteer firefighters in the Westfield department.
Firefighters and trustees have said the fire station at 8975 Leroy Road is outdated.
In January 2016, the township purchased six acres of land for $150,000 for the new facility at U.S. Route 224 and North Leroy Road. The $150,000 came from savings realized after Westfield Center took over upkeep of the village square from the township, officials said.
Other unofficial results for Medina County issues Tuesday night are:
- Wadsworth voters approved a tax increase for emergency medical services, with 918 votes for (83.61 percent) and 180 (16.39 percent) against. Issue 2 was a 2.3-mill renewal with a 0.2-mill increase. The 2.5-mill levy will bring in about $1 million a year over five years and will cost property owners $71.23 annually based on an appraised value of $100,000.
- In Gloria Glens Park, voters opted to increase operating revenue. Voters approved a 3-mill renewal and 1-mill increase 36 votes (80 percent) to 9 (20 percent). The 4-mill levy will bring in $30,300 annually over five years. Based on $100,000 valuation, the annual cost for a homeowner will be $140.
- Voters defeated Spencer’s request for a 4-mill, five-year levy to cover expenses. The vote was 25 in favor (70.93 percent) to 61 against (29.07 percent). About $38,900 would have been generated annually, costing property owners about $140 a year per $100,000 of valuation. Spencer officials said they have used the Firestone Trust since 1966 to operate. About $300,000 is taken from the trust and an additional $33,000 is collected annually through property taxes, but that “barely” maintains the parks within the village, officials said.
- Voters in the Harrisville Township Fire District approved a 2-mill levy with 106 votes in favor (72.60 percent) and 40 against (27.40 percent). The levy will bring in $50,000 annually for five years. It will cost property owners $70 annually per $100,000 of valuation. The levy will fund services provided by the Lodi Fire Department, which has a contract for service with Harrisville Township.
- Montville Township voters approved a 1-mill, five-year roads levy 541 votes (54.92 percent) to 444 (45.08 percent). Montville trustees had gone back to voters for the fourth time with the request. Voters defeated previous road levies in May 2015, November 2015 and March 2016. The levy will generate about $354,000 and cost an owner of a $100,000 home about $35 a year.
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