(Posted Sept. 30, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Range Township is seeking a five-year renewal of a 1.7-mill property tax for fire protection. The issue appears on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
The levy generates approximately $35,731 per year. The cost to the taxpayer is approximately $15.62 per $100,000 of property valuation per year. The renewal request represents no new taxes.
“This levy keeps us operating and covers the expenses we have. A lot of the new gear we get, we try to find grants for so we can keep the tax rate as low as we can,” said John Meyer, Range Township Fire Department chief. “The levy is what makes us able to operate, go on the runs, and hopefully provide excellent coverage to the citizens of Range Township.”
The Range Township Fire Department is an all-volunteer operation. Current staffing stands at 17 volunteers.
The department’s fleet includes an engine, a rescue equipped with tools to help with everything from car wrecks to grain bin entrapments, a tanker for hauling up to 2,000 gallons of extra water to fires, and a grass fighter used to fight field fires and serve as a personnel transport.
The fire station is located at 13,715 Main St., Sedalia. The department goes on approximately 100 runs per year and serves all of Range Township.
The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 4. Absentee voting starts on Oct. 5.
For more information, contact the Madison County Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424. The office is located at 1423 State Rte. 38 SE, London. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Board of Elections is seeking poll workers; to inquire, call 852-9424.