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New Fire Service Agreement For Franklin Township?

Donna Dettling, Archbold village administrator, said members of the Archbold Village Council police & fire committee and the German Township Trustees are mulling over a new fire service agreement with Franklin Township.

The police & fire committee, Dettling, and the trustees met Tuesday night, June 25, to talk about the contract.

Council and the township trustees spent close to two years working out a new fire service agreement between themselves.

Dettling said the village of Archbold has contracted with Franklin Township for fire protection service for a two-mile swath of the township, from Co. Rd. H to Co. Rd. J, from Co. Rd. 19 west to the Fulton-Williams County line.

The contract, which has been in place for decades, is renewed every five years.

The current contract, which expires in January 2020, charges Franklin Township on a per-call basis for fires within the two-mile area.

Dettling said now that council and the German Township trustees have worked out a funding agreement, the same concept– paying for fire service based on property valuation– should be applied to the portion of Franklin Township covered by the Archbold-German Township Fire Department.

That, Dettling said, was the consensus of those who attended the June 28 meeting.

Dettling said there’s about $7 million worth of property value in the two-mile portion of Franklin Township. She noted that section of Franklin Township includes the Ohio Turnpike.

The total tax valuation of Franklin Township is about $30 million, she said.

Josh Grime, Franklin Township fiscal officer, said Franklin Township isn’t currently collecting a property tax levy for fire service.

In the past, there was a levy for fire service, he said.

He said the trustees have been discussing a new property tax levy to pay for fire services, but “nothing is set in stone.”