Unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections show a total of 1,398 votes cast on the issue, with 61.4 percent, or 859, voting for the levy and 38.6 percent, or 539, voting against it.
Computer problems prevented a small party gathered at the township’s main fire department from keeping up on the latest vote tallies, though dispatchers made an announcement shortly after final results came in to let everyone know the fate of the levy.
The Madison Twp. Fire Department costs approximately $400,000 annually to operate, according to township officials.
The new levy not only helps reduce the economic strain on the township’s general fund, but Hall said the money it generates will ultimately allow his department to set aside funds for bigger gear and equipment purchases down the road.
Prior to the levy, Fiscal Officer Amy Schenck said the 40 volunteers who make up the township fire department received a paltry $10 stipend per run, prior to taxes being taken out. That token amount did not change regardlessof the volunteers being called in for a 5-minute run or a 5-hour ordeal.
Schenck said the goal in seeking the 2-mill levy was to avoid coming back to ask voters for further funding for a long time.
A similar 2-mill levy failed last November by a margin of just 26 votes, which Hall admits left a bad taste in his mouth.
“This is a heck of a lot better than losing by 26,” he joked.
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