2023 Fire Levy

Fire & Emergency Services Levy
Posted on 03/14/2023

Fire & Emergency Services Levy

On May 2, 2023, Washington Township residents voted to pass the Fire & Emergency Services renewal levy. Continue reading below for more information about the levy:

4.65-mill Renewal Levy | 5-year term

Residents of Washington Township and Centerville

Issue 5 | May 2 Ballot

This webpage is for information only and is not intended to support or oppose the proposed levy

Levy Overview

  • 4.65-mill levy renewal
  • Does not raise taxesfirefighter putting out fire

Levy Revenue

  • Generates $8.51 million annually
  • Funds over half of the fire department operating budget
  • Funds the department through 2028

Who Votes

  • Residents of Washington Township and Centerville

What the Levy Costsimage depicting fire levy costs

Homeowners will pay $115 annually for every $100,000 of assessed value.

The Washington Township Fire Department

  • Is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. They are the only department in the Miami Valley and one of just ten across Ohio to be accredited.
  • Protects the second largest population in the county
  • Was awarded the 2021-2022 Ohio Fire Department of the Year Award from the State Fire Marshal.
  • In the top 5 percent of fire departments nationally by holding a Class 2 rating from the Insurance Service Office.
  • Has a 94% satisfaction level amongst survey respondents who received emergency services.

What the Levy Provides

girl scouts with fire engine

  • Fire and emergency medical services to Washington Township and Centerville. 
  • Trained and educated staff.
  • Purchasing of equipment, tools, and apparatus. 
  • Technical rescue and hazardous material response.
  • Fire safety inspections.
  • Automated External Defibrillators
  • Safety education
  • Project Lifesaver
  • Safetyville Square

growing demand for services

The Cost of Services

Cost to Outfit One Firefighter/Paramedic - $11,400firefighter in full gear

  • $7,000 for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • $4,000 for protective coat, pants, helmet, gloves, and boots for $4,400.

Cost for One Medic - $525,700

  • $365,000 for the vehicle
  • $160,700 for equipment including a cardiac monitor, Lucas CPR device, communications and reporting equipment, and more.

Cost for One Engine - $802,000

  • $700,000 for the vehicle
  • $27,000 for the fire hose
  • $75,000 for equipment and supplies