Local Firefighters Campaign For Passage Of Levy To Save Department

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Firefighters in Orange Township are going door-to-door to campaign for a levy that they say could save jobs.

The township has a 7.5 mill levy on the February ballot.

“I worked for Delaware County EMS prior to coming to the fire department. I worked at station 3 in Lewis Center, so I've been serving this community for 17 years, so if anyone appreciates the consequences of another no vote, it would be me,” said Andrew Sapp.

If it fails, trustees said they may have to restructure the fire department.

“Our main concern is that people know the levy is the sole source of funding for the fire department and without the levy, there is no money to operate the fire department,” added Sapp.

The firefighters are talking with citizens, answering their questions and leaving behind informational door hangers

Monika Arora said she supported the fire levy in November, and she plans to vote yes again. She hopes her neighbors do too.

“I'm just hoping it gets passed this time,” said Arora.

The Ohio Supreme Court issued an opinion earlier this month allowing the levy on the ballot.

Delaware County Board of Elections officials said that the township filed its paperwork to be on the special ballot just minutes after the deadline.

Township fire officials appealed the county's decision to the state Supreme Court.

There isn’t a known organized opposition to the levy.
If passed, the levy would cost homeowners an additional $76 a year per every $100,000 of assessed property value.

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