Fire Renewal Levy

Read the Fire Levy brochure here.

Levy Overview

• Renews an expiring 4.65-mill levy
• Does not raise taxes

Levy Revenue

• Generates about $7.96 million in the first year
• Funds about 68% of Fire Department operating expenses
• Enables the fire department to maintain a positive balance through 2021

Who Votes

All Washington Township residents, including those in the City of Centerville.
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Fire & Emergency Medical Services & More

Specialized rescue services | CPR education | Fire prevention & safety education | Emergency planning & notification | AEDs in community locations | Project Lifesaver | Car seat safety checks

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Providing Quality Services

The WT Fire Department…

• Is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International

• Protects more taxable property than any department in the county

• Protects the second largest population in the county

Satisfaction Levels

The Fire Department invites people who receive emergency services to complete a survey. Of those who responded in 2016 and 2017, 91% reported they were “very satisfied” with services, while 7% were “satisfied.”

Quality Services Pay Off

Residents in communities with desirable ratings from the Insurance Services Office usually are charged less for their property insurance. ISO ranks Centerville/Washington Township in the upper 5 percent of the nation for fire suppression. Levy passage will help retain this ranking.

Serving the Community

WT Fire Department reaches out to the community in ways beyond basic emergency services. Last year, community attendance at safety education presentations totaled nearly 21,000. More than 1,800 people were trained in CPR. Other initiatives include:

Automated External Defibrillators – AEDs are maintained in 50 public locations such as government offices, police cruisers, libraries, schools and churches.

Safety Seat Checks – The department provided 387 free child safety seat checks last year in an effort to lower injuries and fatalities.

Community Notification – Twelve tornado warning sirens provide outdoor warning for weather-related emergencies. Emergency notification alsois provided by CodeRED, a highspeed messaging system.

Safety Education – Emergency drills, demonstrations, and emergency-preparedness presentations are made to businesses.

Safetyville Square – Children receive safety training presented with Evening Optimist Club and law enforcement.

Knox Boxes – These secure boxes are available to residents who would like fire and EMS personnel to enter their home in an emergency.

Open Houses & Ice Cream Social – Both events offer an entertaining way to learn about the fire service and pick up tips on fire safety.

Project Lifesaver – Offers peace of mind for family members by tracking the location of dementia patients who are prone to wander.

Explorer Post 3369 – Provides hands-on fire service experience to high school students.

Easing the Burden for Taxpayers

The township actively seeks non-taxpayer sources of revenue to offset the cost of services for residents:

Grants - Over the past five years, grants totaled $422,675.

Dispatch - Fire dispatchers now work out of the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center where the township leases space. Doing so provides the most up-to-date technology and saves costly equipment updates.

Insurance Billing - Revenue from insurance companies has been a growing revenue source, with billing providing 12.6% of the department’s operating budget in 2017. The practice of billing insurance providers for emergency transport was introduced in 2005 for non-residents and expanded to all patients in 2011.

 

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