May 8th, Ohio’s primary election day, is just around the corner and in Washington Township, they are hoping to pass a levy to fund their emergency services.
Voters in Centerville and Washington Twp. will see issue 17 on their ballots this year. It’s a levy that fire officials say is crucial to maintaining the department.
Right now, 120 people are employed by the Washington Twp. Fire Department.
If the 4.65 mill levy were to fail, the fire department would lose 68 percent of their budget.
This is a renewal levy that was initially passed in 2013, so taxes will not increase for Centerville and Washington Twp. residents.
An average homeowner is being asked to pay about $132 a year, a number that Washington Twp. officials say will actually be slighter lower this time around.
Chief William Gaul is hoping people show up to the polls and support their emergency responders.
“Five years ago, crews would run or 14-15 calls per 24 hour periods. Today, they are running on over 21 calls per a 24 hour period,” said Chief Gaul.
According to Chief Gaul, the Centerville-Washington Twp. area is the second largest fire district and their call rate has increased every year.
Chief Gaul encourages residents with questions to call the station or visit the government offices to find more information on the renewal levy.