Three months ago, the Pleasant Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to place two fire replacement levies on the Nov. 3 ballot. Now it is time for the voters to decide whether to vote for the issues or against them.
Issue 41 is a 1.0-mill levy that is a replacement of an existing 1.0-mill levy, which was passed by voters in 1984. Issue 42 is a 1.57-mill levy that is a replacement of an existing 1.57-mill levy, which has been on the books since 1975.
"These are the oldest levies in the township and they are generating no money," said township chairman Keith Goldhardt. "We want to get them up to snuff so they can generate money and we’ll be able to make ends meet."
Township officials say the fire replacement levies are necessary because at the end 2010, the fire budget would be close to the bottom of the cash barrel.
According to the projected budget, the fire fund would have $21,000 left in its 2010 balance, which is used for rollover purposes to pay salaries for the few first months of 2011.
In comparison, the fire fund will have $181,871 in its balance at the end of this year.
Goldhardt said if the levies pass, the tax money generated would pay for the operation of the firehouse, personnel wages, and new ambulance and paramedic equipment.
He added he is optimistic regarding the passage of Issue 41 and Issue 42.
"We received a lot of positive feedback when we were passing out the literature this past weekend."
If the two fire replacement levies pass, residents would pay approximately $78 annually based on the value of a $100,000 home.
At the Oct. 27 meeting, the board announced that instead of two meetings per month, the board would have only one regular meeting for the next two months due to when the holidays fall.
For instance, the board will hold their regular township meeting on Nov. 10, and will have a meeting on Nov. 24 "to sign checks and pay bills."
The same goes for December, when they will hold their regular township meeting on Dec. 8 and have a meeting on Dec. 22 to pay bills.
The regular meetings will still begin at 7 p.m.