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City fire levy renewal going on May ballot

by Jeff Saunders | reporter Published: January 30, 2013 12:00 AM

Macedonia -- Voters will be asked to approve the renewal of the city's five-year, 1-mill fire levy this spring.

City Council on Jan. 24 approved placing the renewal on the May 7 primary election ballot. The deadline to file the issue with the Summit County Board of Elections is Feb. 6.

"This is not a new tax; it is only a renewal and the money is dedicated to the fire department," said Councilor Dave Engle.

Voters first approved the levy in 2008. Finance Director Scott Svab said the department's budget last year was about $2.29 million, about $200,000 more than was spent. The levy contributed about $397,000 to the department's funding. Svab said the city will lose that funding in 2014 if the levy is not renewed this year.

According to the Summit County Fiscal Office, if the levy is renewed, homeowners will continue paying about $31.50 annually per $100,000 in market value.

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Mayor Don Kuchta said he believes property owners recoup at least some of that money in lower homeowners insurance costs since insurance companies set rates in part on appraisals of the fire department's quality.

"It's kind of offsetting," he said.

Email: jsaunders@recordpub.com

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