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Middletown passes resolution to place fire station levy on ballot

Middletown passes 25-year levy extension to replace fire stations
Middletown passes 25-year levy extension to replace fire stations
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM EDT
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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WXIX) - The City of Middletown has passed a resolution to place a fire station levy on the ballot in May 2022.

The 25-year extension of a property tax would cover the cost to replace all four of the city’s fire stations.

There would be no tax increase, just the same rates residents have paid for the last decade.

Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli says replacing their stations has been something they have wanted for nearly two decades.

“The health and safety of the conditions are fair at best and poor at worst,” the chief said.

City Manager Jim Palenick says the city is trying to take advantage of historically low-interest rates, but there were some opposed to the levy.

One of their concerns is that past budgets have not accounted for the upgrades.

The levy was previously used for a senior center.

correction: A previous version of this story stated that the City of Middletown passed the fire station levy. The vote was to put the levy on the May 2022 ballot.

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