Voters in Miami Twp., Montgomery County, will be considering more than $5 million a year in annual property tax levies for police, fire and ambulance services in Tuesday’s election.
For the first time, township voters will consider a levy funding the new Miami Valley Fire District, which provides fire and EMS in the township, as well as the city of Miamisburg. The five-year, 3.5 mill renewal is expected to raise about $2.1 million a year to fund the township’s portion of the district’s costs.
For the second consecutive election, township voters also will be considering a police levy. This 5.25 mill property tax levy is expected to raise about $3 million a year.
While cautious, Fire Chief Matt Queen predicted voters would pass both levies on the May 7 ballot.
“I think people realize fire and EMS, and law enforcement, those are all essential services they need. For townships, that’s how those services are afforded,” Queen said.
For every $100,000 in value, property owners would pay $160.78 for the police levy and $107.19 for the fire levy, according to the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office.
Each department is funded primarily through two overlapping levies.
Police Chief John “Chris” Krug said he wanted voters, who defeated the November 2012 renewal, to recognize rejection — in May — and November, if necessary — would result in lay-offs and a reduction in services.
By the end of the year, a $3 million surplus will be spent, the chief said.
“If a levy is not passed in 2013, half of the personnel in this department will be gone,” Krug said.
A 3.65 mill fire levy was renewed in 2011 in the township. During the next five years, Queen said the fire district is expected to consolidate levies in the township and Miamisburg, clearing up concerns about distribution of expenses.
The department and supporters are starting to post 75-100 signs. The local Fraternal Order of Police plans to post 300 signs emphasizing the importance of the earmarked issue.
“Their police levy goes for just the police department. It can’t be misspent by anybody else,” Detective Mike Siney, FOP President, said.
The trustees recently resolved to work toward accreditation of the department.
Election guide: The candidates for Dayton mayor and commissioner answered several questions from us on issues including crime, housing and ways to improve the city as part of our 2013 Voters Guide. There are candidates and tax issues on the May 7 ballot in communities around the Dayton area. Go to DaytonDailyNews.com/go/vote to learn more about what’s on your ballot.
Miami Twp. levies
Fire/EMS: 3.5 mills, to raise $2.1 million annually
Cost: $107.19 for $100,000 of property value
Police: 5.25 mills, to raise $3 million a year
Cost: $160.78 for $100,000 of property value