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"Couldn't just let the money sit there." Medina Township trustees repeal fire levy

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MEDINA TWP. — Medina Township trustees voted to repeal the

2-mill fire levy Thursday at its meeting at township hall.

“The repeal is immediate,” Trustee Bill Ostmann said. Ostmann and Ray Jarrett voted for repeal and Ken DeMichael voted against it.

The original plan was to wait on the outcome of the township’s

1.4-mill additional safety services levy on Nov. 7 before making a decision on the 2-mill levy. The five-year levy on the November ballot would cost an owner of a $100,000 home $49 a year, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Office.

If passed, the township would start collection in January. It would raise $496,000 per year. The 1.4-mill safety services levy would be for police, fire and EMS.

The 2-mill continuous fire levy was passed in 2003. It raised $647,300 per year. The township has ceased collection on it, as of Thursday. Ostmann said there’s no need for it any longer.

“One of the things the city did when it took over (Medina Township’s fire services) is look at our equipment — which is still ours — and assess it to see when we’d need new apparatus, new fire trucks,” he said. “(Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said) we wouldn’t need any apparatus for another 15 years.”

The city is running fire operations for Medina Township, Montville Township and the city of Medina. They’ve combined the fire trucks and apparatus of all three entities.

“We couldn’t just let the money sit there,” Ostmann said.

He said the township has about $900,000 in its fire account. The township will pay the city $230,000 per year to cover fire expenses.

“We have enough in our account to pay for three years,” he said. “There was no reason to leave (the fire levy) on.”

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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