- Michael D. Pitman Staff Writer
Early results in St. Clair Twp. show a fire levy renewal passing by greater than a 2-to-1 margin, according to unofficial Butler County election results.
Voters said “yes” to approving the five-year, 0.5-mill fire levy renewal request with 69.77 percent of the vote.
The levy will not add new taxes. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $13.37 per year, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.
Revenue from the renewal levy — which is estimated to generate $50,026 in the first year — will help buy vehicle fuel, bunker gear for firefighters, and replacement or updated equipment. This levy has been approved by voters since it was first on the ballot in 1983.
The levy funds will also help maintain the department’s current fleet of fire trucks and provide training opportunities.
The fire department has 25 volunteer firefighters, including the chief. The St. Clair Twp. Fire Department does not have any full-time or part-time personnel. The department averages 200 runs a year.
The township can also leverage the resources by providing the local matching share for larger grants it applies for from agencies like Hamilton Community Foundation, the state of Ohio, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other federal agencies.
“Thus, the fire department can sometimes turn $1 into $10 in the form of a grant,” said township solicitor Gary Sheets.