Joint fire district levy unlikely this fall for Miamisburg, Miami Twp.


Miami Twp. and Miamisburg voters are not likely this year to see a joint levy on the ballot to fund the fire district both communities share.

Miami Valley Fire District Board of Trustee leaders say too much must be decided about a shared funding mechanism to finance services in both jurisdictions.

RELATED: Miami Twp., Miamisburg permanently merge fire services

“We’ve got an awful lot of work to do on that,” said Miamisburg City Councilman John Stalder, president of the board overseeing the fire district, which was made permanent by the city and the township last year after five years of joint operation.

“For me, it would be moving awfully fast,” he added. “If we do a levy – especially district-wide – there’s probably going to be a lot of issues with it since both (jurisdictions) are funded two different ways.”

Funding for the district between the township and the city is based on population, with the township paying about 60 percent, officials said.

RELATED: 4 things to know about Miami Valley Fire District agreement

The township’s portion is funded through two levies – one 3.65 mills and one 3.5 mills – that are expected to generate a total of about $4.67 million this year, records show. Miamisburg’s share is financed through its general fund and a 3-mill levy that combined should contribute about $3.8 million in 2018.

Deciding on a solution is expected to take several more months, said Miami Twp. Trustee Vice President Doug Barry, who is also vice president of the fire district board.

“We won’t be able to get to it this year,” he said. “I will never say never. But I would be extremely surprised if the fire district was able to come out with one this year. But we are studying it. That’s one of the things we are studying now. And in the not too distant future they will be going out for their own levy.”

RELATED: Key findings to know about Miami Valley Fire District grade card

Meanwhile, the township is moving to return to the ballot this fall a levy that expires at the end of 2018. Trustees last week approved a measure to Montgomery County to certify tax valuation for the 3.5-mill issue that ends Dec. 31.

One of the issues that needs to be addressed, Barry said, is how funding not generated by levies can be better used to pay for safety services. One of the ways funding generated by the township’s various Tax Increment Financing districts can be used in is police and fire services, he said.

“We are asking the chiefs of not only the police, but the fire department – to go through their budgets and find other things the TIF can pay for,” Barry said. “Because it would be my goal that the levy that the fire district is going to go out for is going to be for less millage than what the (current) ones are now.”

RELATED: Miami Twp. seeking renewal of fire levy

Consolidating fire services between the city and township “saved a lot of money over the last five years,” he added,

In 2012, when the fire district was approved on a five-year basis, annual expenses were at $10.83 million and have fluctuated between $8.33 million and $9.66 million since, according to records.

This year, the fire district’s operating budget shows $9.96 million in revenues and $9.62 million in expenses, about the same as 2006 operating budgets for city and township fire services combined, documents show.

DOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE APPS FOR LATEST BREAKING NEWS



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony
13 Butler County foster kids get forever families during Saturday ceremony

More than a dozen foster children were connected with forever families during a Saturday celebration for National Adoption Day at the Butler County historic courthouse, and officials said more families are needed. Among those at Saturday’s ceremony were Mandy and Alan Whiteside of Franklin, who adopted two children, Leland (7 years old) and Bronson...
Woman pronounced dead after single-car crash in Shelby Co.
Woman pronounced dead after single-car crash in Shelby Co.

A woman was pronounced dead at the scene after a single-car crash on Mason Road near Port Jefferson in Shelby County, according to News Center 7’s Northern Bureau Chief Steve Baker. The driver went off the right side of the road, over-corrected, and lost control. She then went back across the center line and slammed into some trees. The incident...
Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days
Columbus Zoo’s baby giraffe passes away after 18 days

Columbus Zoo officials announced Saturday that Ubumwe, the female giraffe calf that was born Oct. 30, has died. Zoo officials said in a series of Facebook posts that Ubumwe had been energetic and nursing well in her first two weeks, weighing an estimated 130 pounds a week ago. But she began experiencing “gastrointestinal discomfort” Friday...
Cheryl Coker case: Friends, police search area close to her home
Cheryl Coker case: Friends, police search area close to her home

Friends of missing Riverside woman Cheryl Coker were searching Saturday morning for her with the help of police. Organizers were out searching the Huffman Dam area at Routes 4 and 444 because it’s near Coker’s home. Coker went missing after dropping her daughter off at school on Oct. 2, and the next day investigators found her car in a...
Veteran of the Year supports Lakota students
Veteran of the Year supports Lakota students

Part of the reason West Chester Twp. veteran Jerry Nelson was chosen as one of Butler County’s two Veterans of the Year was his work with Lakota students on several programs the American Legion provides, some of which include college scholarships. The Butler County Veterans Service Commission picked Nelson and WWII prisoner of war Marvin Sizemore...
More Stories