Fire levy before Union Township voters

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
A 1.5-mill levy is being sought in Hancock County’s Union Township to help finance a fire station that would combine the Mount Cory and Rawson volunteer fire departments under one roof.
Township voters will be asked to support the five-year additional levy for fire protection services on May 6.
If approved, the levy would generate $67,163 a year, according to the Hancock County Auditor’s Office. A person with a home appraised at $100,000 would pay $53 a year, according to the auditor’s office.
Now on the books is a 2-mill tax that generates about $50,000 annually, according to Union Township officials. The current levy, which has been in effect for about 10 years, expires at year’s end.
Increased property valuations would allow the proposed levy to collect more dollars than the current tax.
If the proposed levy passes, the two village fire stations eventually would be combined into one fire hall that would be constructed on township-owned land near Cory-Rawson School.
The cost of the new fire hall has been estimated at $1.2 million. Township officials have been seeking grants to help fund the project. There is no time frame for any construction, should the levy pass.
The proposed levy also would continue to provide funding for fire department equipment.
Appleseed levy
Also on the May ballot, the Appleseed Emergency Medical Service, based in Arlington, is seeking a 0.6-mill replacement levy for five years to fund operating expenses.
Replacing the levy, rather than renewing it, would mean more money for the district. Passage of the replacement levy would allow the 0.6-mill tax to be collected on current property valuations, which have increased.
According to the auditor’s office, the replacement levy would generate $50,052 annually. The current levy, approved in 2009, generates $32,000 a year.
A person with a home appraised at $100,000 would pay $21 a year with this tax, instead of about $18 annually.
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