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Published: Saturday, 12/28/2013

Budget items still up in the air for Perrysburg Twp. Fire and EMS

BLADE STAFF

While the Perrysburg Township trustees approved a $4 million Fire and EMS budget for 2014 - $1 million more than in this year - requested expenditures in that budget are still up in the air.

Fire Chief Tom Brice said $500,000 was budgeted for a new fire truck, which the trustees still have to vote on. 

"We have to replace a fire truck," he said. "But that is not a given."

He said his fleet is aging, and includes a truck more than 30 years old, an engine that is 23 years old, and another engine that is 18 years old that needed a $15,000 repair recently. Chief Brice said the National Fire Protection Association does not approve of using trucks that are more than 30 years old.

He is also concerned with what could happen to the township's insurance rating if an aging truck lost an engine or ladder. Chief Brice said they are rated a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best rating.

Another big projected expenditure for 2014 is a new radio system the township is trying to obtain. There is $300,000 budgeted for the system next year, but that money is expected to come through a grant from from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The fire department currently has three levies on the books - a 1-mill and 2-mill levy the department expects to put on the ballot for renewal in next year's November general election. Those levies cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $100 and $200, respectively. 

The 1-mill levy generates $525,580 and the 2-mill levy generates $915,771 each year for the fire department.

The fire department also has a 4-mill levy that was approved by voters in 2012.



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