WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Centerville and Washington Township residents will vote on a 2.85-mill continuous Fire/EMS levy that would add to the two levies already in place, but would provide funds to create extra positions.
Washington Township Fire Depatment protects the second largest population in the county, and between 2012 and 2018, the department saw emergency calls increase by 28 percent.
“We’ve also seen a decrease in our part-time program,” said Washinton Township Fire Chief, Scott Kujawa. “We’ve relied on our part-time program for many, many years and with the decrease in part-time staff being available, we need to increase our full time members.”
The new 2.85-mill continous levy would generate about $5.26 million the first year if it passes.
The goal would be to create 26 full time firefighter positions and 4 part time positions per day.
“The additional staffing would help maintain our minimum staffing more frequently,” said Kujawa. “We’ve also had an extreme amount of overtime that’s caused our personnel to work many many overtime hours.”
It would also replace the 50-year-old Station 41, as it is difficult to house modern day fire trucks.
Kujawa said there is no room for expansion so the station would be moved , an estimated cost of $3.7 million.
Kujawa said if the levy does not pass, they would see a negative fund balance by 2023.
This is Issue Four on the May ballot for Centerville and Washington Township residents, and would cost residents about $100 per year for every $100,000 of home value.
Early voting begins next week.