Fire levy crucial in Liberty Township

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP (FOX19) - Liberty Township officials are asking voters to approve a 4-mil levy on Nov. 2, 2010. The levy would bring in $3.3 million to the township's fire fund. It's a $500,000 increase from the last fire levy requested in 2006, but officials say its money that is needed.

In times of emergency, not having adequate emergency service is not an option. But that service could be jeopardized if the levy doesn't pass.

"We are really going to need to make some tough choices if it gets to that point," said Caroline McKinney, Liberty Township spokesperson.

Spokesperson Caroline McKinney said Liberty Township doesn't know what cuts would be made if the levy fails.  Township officials are positive even during a recession, people will support safety.

Liberty Township Fire Chief Paul Stumpf said, "We are confident we have always had the support of the township."

For people living in Liberty Township, the levy means an additional $17 for every $100,000 in property taxes. The money will be used to maintain the existing equipment and services.

Maintaining the personnel and again protecting our response times," said McKinney. "We serve 35,000 residents, in 1990 it was only 9,200."

Township officials said money will stop coming in from the current $2.8 million levy at the end of next year.