The new station would serve residents and businesses on both sides of Ohio 741, Main Street in Springboro, including the Dorothy Lane Marketplace and Settlers Walk planned community.
The new station would be staffed by 15 firefighter-EMTs.
In addition, a new service would be provided by three community paramedics focused on response to non-emergency medical calls, which are about 70 percent of the calls the department receives, according to the fire district.
The levy is expected to carry the district for 15 years and help pay for improvements boosting the department’s rating with the Insurance Service Office. This should translate to lower insurance rates, especially for businesses, Agenbroad said.
“People appreciate the service we provide them,” the chief said.
The district fire budget is running at a $1.2 million a year deficit and reserve funds are expected to run out in 2022, according to Clearcreek Twp. Fiscal Officer Russell Carolus.
Agenbroad said voters understood that it was time to approve additional millage or see cuts in service.
Voters rejected a 2013 levy increase request.
No opposition has shown itself to this point. Jack Chrisman said he and the anti-tax Citizens for Responsible Spending weren’t gong to oppose Issue 6.
A social media campaign will ramp up in the weeks leading up to the election as supporters work to make up for limitations related to COVID-19 restrictions.
“It’s been challenging. We’ve made the best of it,” Agenbroad said.
Clearcreek Twp. trustees put the levy issue on the November ballot. STAFF/LAWRENCE BUDD