Support encouraged for fire levy in Salisbury Township


Dear Editor,

I am writing to ask for the support of Salisbury Township residents on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the general election.

On this date, the residents of Salisbury Township, (excluding those who live within the villages of Pomeroy and Middleport whom already pay fire protection levies) will have an opportunity to support a one-mill fire protection levy, which will support the operating expenses of the Pomeroy and Middleport fire departments.

Although it would be a new tax for the residents of the township, I personally feel that this levy needs the support of the township residents. This new tax levy would amount to 10 cents for each $100 of valuation, for a period of five years, commencing in 2016, and first due in calendar year 2017.

Currently, Salisbury Township is the only township in Meigs County without a fire protection levy in place to specifically support fire and rescue services. As it currently stands, both departments receive $1,400 each per year from the township trustee’s general fund. Although the money given under contract is greatly appreciated, the amount does not come close to covering the cost of making the emergency runs (structure and automobile fires, automobile accidents, water rescues, search and rescues, gas odors/leaks, etc.) that each department makes in the township.

Both the Pomeroy and Middleport fire departments have high standards for the safety of their firefighters, while ensuring that the apparatus, tools and personal protective equipment are well maintained and ready for use when the tones drop.

Why, you ask? As a community, our families, friends, neighbors and visitors passing through the area deserve to go about their daily lives knowing that both fire departments are there ready to assist someone in their time of need.

To continue to provide the high level of service that you expect and deserve from the Pomeroy and Middleport fire departments, we need your support. That is why on Tuesday, Nov. 8, I encourage you to do the same thing that I will do by voting “for” the Salisbury Township Fire Levy.

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Derek Miller

Pomeroy Fire Department firefighter

Meigs County Firefighter’s Association president

Salisbury Township resident