Rossford eyes fire levy options PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 27 December 2013 11:16
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ROSSFORD - City Council voted to ask the county auditor to crunch the numbers on options to replace two fire levies that expire at the end of 2014.
City officials want to seek the money in May, but haven't determined how to do it.
The city currently collects a 1-mill and a 0.6-mill levies.
They've asked for an estimate of revenues for:
• 0.6 mill renewal for fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
• 1-mill renewal for fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
• 0.6 mill replacement for apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
• 1 mill replacement for fire protection.
• 1-mill renewal with a 0.5-mill increase for fire protection.
• 0.5-mill new levy for apparatus, appliances, buildings or land for a station.
All would be for five years. 
Some concern over the management of that money was raised when council learned in the Public Safety Committee report that the price of a new ambulance had increased by $50,000 and the cost of two new lift cots had increased by $30,000.
Councilwoman Caroline Eckel explained that the increase in the ambulance was because of a switch from diesel to gas engine. The gas engine is larger and more expensive.
The change was made, she said, because of problems with the diesel engine. Those problems have been so systematic that it's led to a class action lawsuit.
Councilman Robert Ruse said he needed answers on these increases before he could vote to put a levy on the ballot.
City voters will also be considering two 0.4-mill replacement levies to fund the Recreation Department.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 December 2013 11:19
 

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