2017-07-12 / News

Trustees Take First Step For New Fire Tax Levy

The German Township Trustees took the first step to place a new 2-mill, fiveyear property tax levy on the fall ballot at their Monday, July 10 meeting.

The new levy is one aspect of an agreement that was being negotiated between the village of Archbold and the trustees over operation of the Archbold Fire Department.

But the two sides have not reached a final agreement. The trustees want to continue to own the department equipment; council wants to take over ownership.

The two-mill levy would result in both village residents and German Township residents outside the village paying the same amount for fire protection. Right now, property owners in Archbold pay more.

The action asks the county auditor to certify how much money a two-mill levy would bring in each year. Once that certification is received, the next step is to ask the Fulton County Board of Elections to place the matter on the ballot.

The vote on the tax question passed unanimously.

“Passed unanimously!” Bruce Lauber, president of the trustees, said, adding emphasis.

The trustees approved a one-year extension of a lease on the former German Township garage. Xtreme Auto Detailing leases the building from the trustees.

However, a clause was added to the lease advising the company that the trustees may have to break the lease with 90 days notice.

That’s because if council and the trustees can’t come to an agreement, the trustees will need space to park the fire trucks they own. The village owns the fire stations where the trucks are currently housed.

The next meeting is Monday, July 24, 7 pm, at the German Township Garage.

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