Wayne Twp.’s proposed additional 3-mill continuing fire levy won by a margin of 58.9 percent to 41.1 percent.
“That’s wonderful,” said Wayne Twp. Trustee Bill Jones told the Journal-News. “We really need it. We really do.”
“Mainly, what it is going to do is replace an existing levy,” Jones said. “We’re going to drop the existing levy and adopt this one. The main reason and focus for this was we have to get a fire truck.”
“We’ve got one that still works, but it’s getting past its prime,” he said. While there are repairs that can be made, “eventually, we have to get another truck. That was the main focus, and there was a little bit put in for reserves, to replace some equipment that needs to be replaced as well. Hopefully this will last for quite a while, what we would not have to come back.”
“With the state budget cuts for municipalities and townships, it really put a pinch on a small township, unfortunately,” Jones said. “It was something we had to do, and the voters saw fit to do it. That’ll be a great relief.”
In St. Clair Twp., Trustee John Snyder said, “I feel real good about it.”
The approval of both levies will allow the township’s fire department to “continue on for five more years, I hope,” he said. “They were both renewals. One was basically our fire department, and one was our life squad.”
“It will fund those two units, as far as equipment and staff, and let us continue on,” he said. “I think people value the services that are provided by our first responders, and they want to keep that service.”