“What we know historically from 1946 to now is that the fire department will have more services that are requested,” VandenBos said. “Our service needs are going to grow.”
Even though there’s enough cash carryover to cover current operating costs for the next couple years, Trustee Tom Kretz said delaying the request for new tax revenue is not wise.
“We need to do this now in advance of an emergency,” Kretz said. “We don’t want to be in a position where we waited until the last minute and all of a sudden it becomes an emergent issue from a financial standpoint.”
The township is looking to build two new fire stations at a total cost of $12 million. The first — Station 65 — would be installed on township-owned land at Fairground and Trebein roads to better serve the northeastern portion of the township, where new housing developments are bringing in new residents and increased calls for service for the fire department.
Township Administrator Alex Zaharieff said the original plan was to build Station 65 within the current 10-year plan, but bids from contractors were much higher than anticipated.
Zaharieff said bids came in high this year in-part because there’s a labor shortage and contractors already have plenty of work to do.
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Other levy options are on the table, including separating operating and capital costs into two levies, a continuing tax for operating costs and a one-year tax for capital improvements, including the new fire station.
Township officials are expected to settle on one proposal and get the millage certified by the auditor’s office in June. A vote to place the issue on the November ballot would happen in July.
Voters in the city of Beavercreek have four taxes to consider this May. Voters will be asked to approve two school levies — a new 6.15-mill operating levy and a renewal on a permanent improvement levy — as well as renewing taxes to support parks and recreation and street maintenance.
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