Voters in Margaretta Township will be asked to go to the polls Tuesday to support our Fire Department. The Trustees have decided not to renew two existing levies and to replace them with a new 2.0 mill levy. The new levy would eliminate an existing 1.25 mill expiring this year and an 0.7 mill expiring in 2008.
The Margaretta Fire Department provides fire protection and rescue services to all of Margaretta Township and Castalia. The department averages nearly 600 calls per year with an average response time of 4.6 minutes. The new levy will allow the department to continue our current service levels. Margaretta Township residents do not pay for EMS, Fire or Rescue Squad Calls. Non Residents are charged.
The new levy will also allow the township to replace a 1993 ambulance. This is one of the most-utilized vehicles in the department. With the replacement levy the additional cost to the owner of a $100,000 home will be less then 7 cents per day or about $24.64 per year.
There will always be some uncertainty. There will always be reasons to not vote for something, but in the end the most important reason and the deciding factor should be the safety of all of our loved ones. I would ask you to join my family and me in supporting the 2.0 mill replacement.
Joe Bias Jr.
Margaretta Township Trustee