Voters in Boston Heights will be asked to renew a tax issue this fall that helps pay for fire service in the village.
If the measure is approved by voters Nov. 6, the 0.5-mill levy would continue collecting property tax money through 2024, according to Mayor Bill Goncy.
The levy — not a new tax — is one of two levies that the village uses, along with general fund money, to pay for its fire and EMS service contract with Valley Fire District, said Goncy. The village pays more than $200,000 annually to the Valley Fire District for fire and EMS service.
The 0.5-mill levy pays for the purchase and maintenance of fire department equipment and the fire station, and generates $38,928 per year, said Goncy. The tax issue would continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $50 annually, according to Goncy.
"This is just an additional thing that we need to have so we can cover these things because of all the other expenses in a community," he said.
This tax measure was first passed in 2009 and was renewed in 2014, according to Summit County of Board of Elections records.
Before 2009, Goncy said the village had a levy that only paid for fire service equipment and capital needs. In 2009, village leaders decided to ask voters to approve two levies: a 0.5-mill, five-year issue for fire service equipment and capital needs; and a .75-mill, three-year measure for fire department personnel expenses such as salaries and training.
The two separate levies were approved in 2009.
Goncy said the Valley Fire District currently leases the village’s fire station, which is staffed 16 hours a day. The Valley Fire District station on 303 is staffed eight hours per day, according to Goncy.
The village has contracted with Valley Fire District since October 2013, according to information on the Boston Heights website. A 10-year contract was then established in 2016, according to the website.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.