The Madison Township Gibsonburg Volunteer Fire Department is seeking additional millage Tuesday to purchase a new truck and bolster its operating revenue.
A 0.9-mill, 3-year levy, if passed, will be used to replace a 23-year-old first responder truck and a 1-mill, 5-year levy will be used for operating expenses such as training, equipment repair and replacement, fuel and other costs.
The department is jointly funded by the township and Village of Gibsonburg.
A new truck will have a larger chassis and can carry more personnel trained for emergency medical service as well as offer better access to medical equipment, having more compartments, and an upgraded electrical system, according to a flyer prepared by a levy committee.
The 0.9 mill levy is expected to generate approximately $57,000 per year and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $31.50 a year.
The new truck is expected to cost around $150,000. Additional levy funds collected will be used to outfit the truck with equipment.
The old fire truck is expected to be sold.
The 1-mill levy will, if passed, generate an additional $63,585 annually for the department’s operations.
According to the levy committee, the department’s operating expenses have averaged about $57,000 a year the past two years but cuts in state funding have hurt the department’s revenue stream from the township and village. Combined, the two have lost about $52,481 in Local Government Funds between 2008 and 2012.
The department is the only one in Sandusky County not supported by a dedicated operating levy, the flyer states. A 0.8-mill, 10-year levy expired in 2012
The owner of a $100,000 home will pay an additional $35 if the 1-mill levy passes.
Twp., village races
Voters in the township and village will also decide races for seats on the township board of trustees and village council.
Incumbents Charles Nopper and Brenda Fork are vying for two board seats along with Kent Kirsch and the race for four seats on village council has a field of six candidates: Ken Cantrell, Charles Gerwin, Edward Herman, Jr., Donald Kirwen, Randy Maynard and Wade G. Weaver, as a write-in.