Voters to decide six local issues

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The deadline for submitting issues for the November general election ballot is Thursday, but six local issues are already on the ballot.

Ironton voters must decide the fate of a charter amendment and two tax levies.The charter amendment would reduce the mayor's salary to 50 percent of the municipal judge's salary, starting with whomever is elected three years from now. Currently, the mayor is paid 60 percent of the judge's salary.

One of the city's two levies would increase the city's income tax rate by a half percent. The other is a 5-year replacement of a 1-mil flood levy.

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Upper Township voters must approve or reject the renewal of a fire protection levy.

The 5-year, 2-mil levy was first approved five years ago. Upper Township Fire Chief Jeff Scott said the levy generates $37,000 to $38,000 annually. The money goes for general operating expenses and to pay for new equipment.

"We're trying to update some of our equipment. There are so many new standards and there are some things we're still short on," Scott said. "It costs about $5,000 to outfit one man to fight a fire. Each firefighter is supposed to have a face mask that is designed to fit him - so that there is a good seal - and that's something we're working on. There are a lot of things, a lot of safety-oriented things."

Scott said the fire department may have a community event before the election so voters can see where their money goes.

Lawrence Township voters will decide the fate of a renewal of a 1-mil, 5-year fire protection levy.

Voters in the Fairland Local School District will vote for or against a proposed bond issue. That 15-year 2.6 mil issue would be used to pay for school facilities.