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Sugar Creek Township to put renewal levies on May ballot for fire and EMS

DGKN staff report

Trustees are working toward placing renewal levies for fire and EMS services on the May ballot for township residents to consider.

Trustees passed unanimously a resolution at their regular monthly meeting Dec. 13, which is identical to a resolution passed two years ago except for an updated date, certification amount and resolution number.

Wayne County Auditor Jarra Underwood was present at the meeting to certify the amounts, according to a recording of the meeting available at

Levy details for both the northern and southern portions of the township previously passed by voters are the same. Voters in the Northern Sugar Creek Township Fire District served by East Wayne Fire District will be asked to consider a renewal levy for 2.9 mills and voters in the Southern Sugar Creek Township Fire District served by Kidron Volunteer Fire Department and Orrville Fire Department will see a 1.5-mill renewal levy on their ballots. Both renewal levies are for two years with collection to begin in 2023.

Property owners can view their parcel on the auditor’s website and more information and a map are available on the township website.

The 2.9-mill renewal levy is estimated to generate $140,100 and the 1.5-mill levy is expected to generate approximately $103,700.

Underwood gave an example that in the southern district, the property owner of a $100,000 home would pay about $43 a year, and a property owner in the northern district with a $100,000 home would pay about $101 per year

* Trustees were able to cross many items off their list of unfinished business that have been completed, including the township handbook and street lighting.
* The township will reimburse KVFD and EWFD for EMS jackets through CARES Act funds.
* Trustees have been working with a family member of a deceased man, and the Heritage Cremation Society on an indigent burial case, in which the man was identified but not claimed. The township expects to be reimbursed for cremation through the state. A resolution was passed declaring indigent burial necessity.
* At the end-of-year meeting Dec. 27, trustees passed a motion to give Hofstetter the authority to sign a grant application for new radio equipment for Kidron Volunteer Fire Department. KVFD is interested in applying for a state fire marshal grant for radio equipment. The township would own the equipment and give the equipment to KVFD.

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