MIAMI COUNTY — Voters approved fire and emergency services levies Bethel and Monroe townships, with the Bethel levy narrowly passing.
Unofficial results at press time showed the Bethel levy passing 50.61 percent to 49 percent, with 1,377 voting to approve the levy and 1,344 voting against.
The Bethel Township ballot measure replaces and increases the current millage rate from 2 mills to 4.9 mills.
According to Fire Chief Andy Ehrhart, the department has not had a levy increase since 1999.
The levy will generate $657,082 a year, covering everything from personnel expenses to new equipment.
The cost to taxpayers will amount to 49 cents for each $100 in property valuation.
• Monroe Township
In Monroe Township, voters in the unincorporated area voted to approve a 2 mill levy that combines two older 1 mill levies.
The ballot measure passed 55 percent to 44 percent, according to results at press time.
While not technically a replacement, it combines two existing fire and EMS levies, township trustee Martin English said.
The new levy will generate $273,099 annually. By combining the existing levies instead of having one just for fire and one for EMS, it will allow those funds to be divided more flexibly between the two departments, English said.
This change also means that township will come to the voters for levy approval less often, and save money by placing levies on the ballot less frequently, English explained.
This levy does not apply to residents of Tipp City.
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