Trotwood officials stress no new taxes in 3 renewal levies

The city of Trotwood is set to have three renewal levies on the ballot this May. CONTRIBUTED

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The city of Trotwood is set to have three renewal levies on the ballot this May. CONTRIBUTED

Trotwood voters will decide on three renewal three levies that will not increase taxes as part of the May 7 election. Early voting started Tuesday.

Residents will vote on issues 14, 15, and 16, which are two fire-related levies and a road levy.

Issue 14 is a 1-mill continuous renewal road levy for the operations and general repairs. The issue generates about $214,000 annually.

If you own a $100,000 home, it costs about $31 per year, according to Johnny McCluskey of the Trotwood Public Works Department.

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The road levy was first established in 2009 and was renewed in 2014. This year, the issue would become permanent, if approved.

Issues 15 and 16 are 2-mill renewal levies, one for fire and EMS services and the other for fire and rescue capital improvements within the city. Both issues generate about $429,000 annually.

Fire officials said the fire and EMS levy provides funding for staffing at city fire stations year-round, continuing education opportunities, effective response times, replacement of safety clothing, and funding to maintain buildings, equipment and apparatus.

The capital improvement levy ensures the department continues to replace or repair aging buildings and equipment and to provide the staff with the tools needed to take care of the city, fire officials said.

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Chief Richard Haacke said the call volume for Trotwood has increased by 22 percent in the last five years. The levies, he said, will help keep the right amount of staffing to tackle the increase and keep equipment updated.

If you own a $100,00 home, it will cost about $61.25 per year for each renewed levy, the same as residents currently pay.

The fire and EMS levy was passed in 1997 and has been renewed every five years. The capital improvement levy was passed in 2009 and also has been renewed every five years.

Residents can contact McCluskey at 937-837-1702 or Haacke at 937-854-7257 for questions about the renewal levies.

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