Fire department seeks levy in Pleasant Township

By Andrea Cordle

Grove City Editor

Voters in Pleasant Township will see a fire levy on the ballot in March of 2024.

According to Fire Chief Dave Whiting, a committee reviewed a four, five, and six-mill levy, but settled on asking voters for a four-mill levy. This would cost taxpayers $140 a year per $100,00 in property value or just over $11 per month.

If approved by voters, the funds generated from the levy would sustain the fire department for at least five years.

Nancy Hunter, the chairwoman of the board of trustees, said the last time the township passed a levy, it was also expected to maintain the fire department for five years.

“We made that last for 14 years,” said Hunter at a special meeting on Nov. 29 to discuss the fire levy. “I don’t see any other way around the finances other than a levy.”

It has been more than a decade since the township last approved a fire levy. Whiting said this is due to a fiscally responsible staff and grants that have helped to extend the previous funding mechanism.

Back in 2017, the township sought a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant to cover most of the salary and benefits for a few new hires throughout the term of the grant. At that time, it was noted that should the township want to keep those staffing levels, a levy would be needed in the future.

According to the township’s website, there are 10 full-time firefighters and the chief. The fire department also employs part-time firefighters. They cover 43 square miles with a population of 7,000. The fire department responds to nearly 1,300 calls for service and operates from one fire station, located on Norton Road in Grove City.

To place the levy on the spring ballot, the township must submit a resolution to the Franklin County Board of Elections by Dec. 20. The trustees unanimously approved the resolution to seek a levy at the Dec. 12 board meeting.

The Messenger reached out to Fire Chief Dave Whiting for additional comment on the fire levy, but did not receive a response as of press time.

 

 

 

 

 

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