•March 3 at 7 p.m. at the West Carrollton branch library, 300 E. Central Ave.
If approved, the levy would increase the taxes of owners of homes valued at $100,000 to about $136 a year, according to the city.
The levy is expected to generate about $672,000 per year.
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Issue 5 would fund more full-time firefighters to avoid staff shortages and brownouts at Stations 56 and 57, which have average about 1,600 hours the past several years, according to the city.
Passage would allow West Carrollton to hire four more full-time firefighter/paramedics and “provide a competitive wage and incentive package to attract and retain additional part-time employees,” records show.
Voter approval would also help the city in retaining two firefighter/paramedics hired last year as a short-term move against the brownouts.
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Hiring and retaining both full- and part-time staff has become increasingly difficult since 2016, according to the city. The part-time staff has decreased by half as people are less interested in joining the profession along with the need to seek full-time employment for those currently in their career.
A survey conducted by Wright State University indicated that more than 52 percent of respondents would favor approving a property tax hike in the range of $100 to $125 a year.
When the property tax hike range was increased to $125 to $150 a year, 42 percent said they were likely to support while 49.3 percent said they were unlikely, according to the results.
More than 86 percent of those responding to the survey said they owned homes, a Wright State official said.
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