SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP Levies considered to improve fire, EMS

DGKN staff report

SUGAR CREEK TWP. The township’s board of trustees has been busy trying to narrow options to best fund fire and EMS services.

No decisions have been made yet. The topic has appeared on meeting agendas for regular and special meetings. A summer deadline is getting closer to submit information required to put a levy on the November ballot.

Discussions at a regular township meeting April 21 and a special meeting May 6 – recordings of which are available at sugarcreekwayne.com – seem to center around splitting the township into two districts for purposes of passing levies to best meet the needs of local fire departments and ultimately improve services in the township. What is still up in the air is the amount of millage and the length of term.

Trustees would like to hear from both Kidron Volunteer Fire Department and East Wayne Fire District about their needs to help make their decision.

Jonathan Hofstetter, president of the township board of trustees, said he would like feedback from residents, as well. He has said residents will not be double taxed.

Discussion at meetings included that the township would continue to contract with both KVFD and EWFD as well as Orrville Fire Department, and that coverage areas would remain the same.

Read the complete story in the May 13, 2020 edition.

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