Franklin Twp. loses another fire levy

Updated Nov 08, 2017
Franklin Twp. Fire Department’s Hunter Station on Robinson Vail Road. ED RICHTER/STAFF

Voters in Franklin Twp. rejected another fire levy Tuesday.

According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections, the additional, continuing 4.31-mill fire levy was defeated by a vote of 61.6 percent against to 38.4 percent for the levy.

Had the levy passed, it would have cost the owner of a home with $100,000 valuation about $150 a year. The additional revenues would have paid volunteer firefighters to staff the township’s two stations during daytime hours.

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Brian Morris, Franklin Twp. trustees president, said it was hard to educate the public about the need for the levy during an election year when two trustees were leaving office in December.

“Being on the heels of the previous levy attempt probably left voters in a lot of doubt,” he said. “That’s why I ran for office two years ago.”

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He said there were a lot of distractions in the township which took attention away from educating the public about the need for the levy.

Morris said after trustees-elect Shane Centers and Matt Jennings take office in January he will recommend placing another request before the voters in 2018 “to create an efficient fire department.” He said Centers and Jennings are coming in wanting a safer Franklin Twp.

“I foresee a more organized and communicative process in our next levy attempt,” Morris said.