Vote Yes on Issue 9
On May 7, 2013, voters will be asked to consider the passage of a 3.5 mil fire renewal levy to help fund fire and EMS services in the township for an additional 5 year term. Over the years, voters have shown their approval of fire services offered with their continued support. We are sensitive to the financial impacts of your budgets as well as we are of our own. Please rest assured we understand the responsibility of being good stewards of the tax dollars that you entrust with us.
Providing fire suppression, emergency medical, fire prevention, and public education services without the passage of this levy will prove very challenging. Over the last several years, we have been faced with the same challenges as our residents and the country. We have seen increased costs within every service area and must continually look for ways to save and stretch tax payer dollars.
How Township levies work.
Townships are required to return to voters on a regular basis when limited-term property tax levies are due to expire. This enables the taxpayer to have a voice in local government because residents—through their vote—determine the level and quality of service provided. This process also helps ensure that a township government and the services it provides, meets the needs of its residents.
Under Ohio law, the amount of money a property tax collects from real estate cannot increase beyond the amount collected in the first year. Because of this cap, levies do not keep up with inflation and do not allow townships to receive an ongoing benefit from new construction. As a result, townships may need to return to their residents for additional revenues.
How will the money be used?
In August of 2011, the governmental bodies of the City of Miamisburg and Miami Township chose to combine efforts in providing fire and EMS services in order to achieve a cost savings and the elimination of redundant services. After nearly five and half years of discussion, research and analysis, a steering committee recommendation to both City and Township Officials paved the way for the fire district to be formed under Section 505.371 of the Ohio Revised Code.
A five (5) member Board of Trustees was selected as the governing body for the fire district. The governing body is comprised of one elected official from both the Township and city; one resident from both the township and city and a fifth member chosen by the members of the board.
In June of 2012, the new fire district became operational utilizing members from the two former departments. The fire district operates from five (5) emergency response facilities geographically located to aid in quick response for the needs of the community. Currently, the fire district operates three (3) engine companies, two (2) truck companies and five (5) Advanced Life Support (ALS) EMS units.
Every fire and EMS organization faces the same challenges, and this one is no different. As technology continues to improve, we see rising costs in regards to the equipment needed to offer the service we provide. In early 2013, the fire district purchased two pieces of apparatus that were desperately needed to replace aging and outdated equipment. In the coming years, we will need to continue to replace aging equipment as well as facilities from time to time.
Without financial support from the voters, providing these services will become even more challenging as we continue to move forward. We are focused on customer service and meeting the needs of our citizens. Our mission is to protect life, property and serve the citizens of our fire district to the fullest. To the best of our efforts, we will meet our mission. We humbly thank you and hope to gain your approval on May 7th.