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Fire/EMS renewal levies pass in Sugar Creek Township, East Wayne Fire District

DGKN staff report

Three renewal fire levies to go toward fire and emergency medical services in Sugar Creek Township and the East Wayne First District of Dalton and Marshallville passed Tuesday during the May Primary Election, according to unofficial results on the Wayne County Board of Elections website.

The levy in the northern portion of Sugar Creek Township received 256 votes for the renewal and 151 against. In the Southern Sugar Creek Township Fire District, voters approved the renewal levy 337 for and 115 against.

Money generated from the 2.9-mill fire and EMS levy in the northern SCT fire taxing district will benefit East Wayne Fire District and funds from the 1.5-mill southern SCT fire taxing district levy will benefit Kidron Volunteer Fire Department with a portion going to Orrville Fire Department, which covers a small area.

The estimated tax revenue generated for the levy in the Northern Sugar Creek Township Fire District is $140,100. The levy in the southern taxing district is expected to bring in an estimated $103,700. The first collection will be in 2023.

Both of the levies are renewals of an existing levy and each of the levies are for two years.

Both Dalton and Marshallville voters also passed a renewal levy for fire and EMS with 325 for the tax levy and 167 votes against. The renewal levy is 2.9 mills for two years to help pay for fire and EMS through East Wayne Fire District, which has a station in each of the villages.

In the November 2022 election, voters approved an East Wayne Fire District levy for the first time. That was the fourth time the district put a levy in front of voters to consider since the fire district was established in 2012. Funds from the levy go toward paid staffing.

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