The shifts would be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week.
In addition, the additional funding would be used to replace fire trucks and other equipment.
The township fire district operates two 1-mill fire levies which have eroded over time to a 0.39-mill levy approved in 1983, and a 0.3-mill levy that was approved in 1979. Both levies together generates $160,000 a year. Any expenses over that come from the township’s general fund.
According to the township, the average expenses over the past four years is $218,070. Stivers said there has been a drop in salaries as the fire district has lost a number of volunteers over the past few years.
Trustee Beth Callahan voted against placing the levy on the ballot because township residents would be paying more property tax millage that residents in the city of Franklin and are not promising better service.