Proposed fire levies would fund equipment

Rossford voters will consider two levies in November to replace aging and inoperable fire equipment and pay for overnight staffing.

At a May 28 meeting, Rossford City Council authorized a five-year, 1-mill tax levy for personnel and a five-year, 2.8-mill levy for equipment/capital improvements to appear on the ballot.

Most urgent for the department is the need for new fire engines because two of the three trucks are unreliable with numerous mechanical problems.

One 20-year-old truck has been parked behind the station for months with a broken chassis. The ladder truck is 24 years old, and another engine is nearly 10 years old.

Council member Caroline Zuchowski Eckel said the public safety committee, which she chairs, reviewed quotes for fire engines last week.

“The safety committee would like to get a new truck ordered ASAP due to the long lead times,”she said.

 

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