2018-08-05 / Insight

Deerfield Twp. voters asked to fund fire service, medical first responders

DEERFIELD TWP. — Voters in Deerfield Township will have two measures to consider as they head to the voting booth on Tuesday.

Voters will be asked to consider a measure to raise funding through special assessment for the purpose of funding the fire and emergency medical first responder services in the township for five years (2018- 2023). For each residential, commercial and industrial business, the maximum per year assessed is $51, while owners of vacant property or property that does not hold a building can be assessed a maximum of $13 each year. It’s estimated that the assessment will raise a total of $136,087.

The current assessment funding, which totaled to a maximum of $38 for occupied properties and $13 for vacant properties per year from 2012-17, for the day-today operations of the Deerfield Township Fire Dept. has expired and did not include major equipment expenditures. The new proposal for 2018-2023 has an assessment of $51 and $13 to fund the fire department as well as the first responders’ day-to-day operations for the next five years.

The assessment removes the need for residents to pay for fire runs.

• In addition to the question of funding for the township’s fire department and First Responders Program, voters will also be asked to decide if the township’s annual meeting, held each year on the last Saturday in March, should be abolished.

Nicholas Pugliese

ASKING FOR

5 years

Residential, commericial and industrial assessment changing to fund fire dept. and first responders

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