June 27, 2016

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Litchfield Township: Renewal to fund fire maintenance

LITCHFIELD TWP. — The Litchfield Township Fire Depart­ment is asking residents to renew a 1.5-mill levy that funds the department’s operations.

The five-year levy, which voters approved in 2005, will expire in December. If approved, the levy would generate $55,177 per year for the department, according to the Medina County Auditor’s Office.

Because it is a renewal levy, it would not raise taxes if approved on Nov. 2. It would continue to cost taxpayers $20.54 per year per $100,000 of appraised property valuation.

“It pays for everything that we do,” Fire Chief Joyce Teodecki said. “If it doesn’t pass, we will have no money. Zero.”

Teodecki said although the department does receive grants occasionally, they are not reliable sources of income and are often for specific projects.

The levy funds maintenance and equipment for six fire vehi­cles, as well as training for the department’s 28 volunteer fire­fighters.

A separate levy funds the town­ship’s emergency medical serv­ices. That levy is not up for renewal in November.

“I’ve really held back,” Teodecki said about department pur­chases. “I’ve been trying to rotate the gear out and trying not to buy anything at all until we know what kind of money we’re going to have.”

She said the poor economy has raised concerns about the levy passing.

“I’m kind of worried with the way the economy is. People don’t have that kind of money.”