Plain Township officials say the 2-mill fire levy request on the Nov. 4 ballot would help maintain staffing levels, replace equipment and provide upgrades to the 17-year-old fire station.
Township Administrator Ben Collins said if it is approved, Issue 41 would raise an estimated $1.2 million annually for the fire department.
The permanent levy would cost township homeowners about $70 per $100,000 of assessed property valuation, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.
Collins said the average New Albany home has a property value of $500,000 so most homeowners would pay an additional $350 a year for the levy.
He said the township has specific plans for the money.
“We specifically need to replace two (medic units) and the station is 17 years old and needs a new kitchen, new carpet and a new roof,” Collins said.
The department has two medic units with more than 100,000 miles.
Recommended capital improvements for the fire station are listed in an assessment of the structure and systems completed earlier this year by Kevin S. Hoffman Associates Architects of Columbus and Roger D. Fields and Associates of Columbus.
Collins said the department also needs to replace firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus air packs, which would be brought up to current standards.
The levy does not include money to replace the department’s 17-year-old ladder truck or funds to build a new fire station, which was part of the township’s discussion during the 2011 upgrade of its master plan by MSA Architects.
For more information, view www.thisweeknews.com