SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The city of Sidney has a combined fire and road levy on the May ballot. The revenue would be split 50/50 between the fire department and streets department.
If passed, Fire Station 3 would be built on Wapakoneta Avenue.
The 0.3% municipal tax comes from people who work within Sidney. Residents will not be taxed on social security, pensions, disability or 401k’s.
The revenue would help resurface roads while also improving fire and EMS response times by building a third fire station.
“It’s concerning as a 26-year professional firefighter that there’s areas within our town, the customers we serve, our neighbors and friends..that we have deficiencies in our response time.,” said Chief Bradley Jones of the Sidney Fire Department.
The northern area of Sidney is growing and the fire department is concerned about their response times going above 6 minutes.
On April 10, it took the fire department upwards of 9 minutes to respond to a fire on Old English Court.
Police officers rescued 1 man and his two dogs BEFORE firefighters got on scene.
“We look at it as an investment in the community. Not only does it address the issues for the fire department. But it also provides economic development for future growth for the northern portion of town. It also allows for redundancy for responses at the center of town,” said Chief Bradley.
Emergency call volume in Sidney is at an all time high. With a 39.5% increase since 2010.
If you make roughly $35,000 a year and work in Sidney, you would pay $17.50 a year, starting in 2020.
The city says nearly 53% of the revenue would come from people who live outside of Sidney.
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