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No fire levy in Mason, for now

MASON, OH (FOX19) -

The City of Mason fire fund has enough money in it for the next two maybe three years, but after that it will be broke. Mason Mayor Don Prince says a fire levy may not be on the ballot this year, but a levy in the near future is inevitable.

"In four years, if we do absolutely nothing, we will be absolutely broke," said Prince. "We will have nothing left in the fund."

The city has decided not to put a fire levy on this November's ballot.

"This is not a good time, money is tight," said Prince. "It's tight not just for the city but also for the residents and we're trying to respect that."

Fire union president and Mason firefighter Mark Gerano says the union is fine with the city's decision.

"As long as we can ensure that we are going to be able to maintain an appropriate level of staffing to keep firefighters and to keep citizens safe then we are going to be on board with that decision," said Gerano. "We care just as much about how tax dollars are spent as the city does."

With money running out in the fire fund, Mayor Prince says a levy in the next two years is likely.

"Ultimately when we have to go to the people for money, that will be the choice, do you want to maintain what you have or see a loss of service as a result of not passing this levy," said Prince.

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