BOE: Voters Approve Fire Levies In Orange, Liberty Townships

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Firefighters for the Liberty Township and the Orange Township departments said a lot was riding on Tuesday's special election.

Voters apparently heard their pleas to pass the tax levies each department had on the ballot.

Early, unofficial results showed both issues passing by considerable margins Tuesday night.

Liberty Township fire officials said if the levy would have failed, it would have meant the end of fire service for the area.

Preliminary figures showed voters overwhelmingly approving the levy, 3,766 to 693. That's more than 84 percent in favor of the five-year, 5.6 mill levy.

In Orange Township, fire officials said they would have had to make drastic service reductions if voters rejected their measure.

Officials said 32 jobs were on the line, and they would have had to close one fire station.

The early total showed the 3-year, 7.5 mill levy passing by a count of 2,357 to 1,027 votes. That translates into nearly 70 percent voter approval.

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