Chillicothe Fire And Police Levy Back Up For Vote

Chillicothe Fire And Police Levy Back Up For Vote (Image 1)

Tuesday is the day for the Chillicothe fire and police levy.

After a failed public safety attempt in November, and a tightening city budget, the fire union has gone all out to get out the word on this vote.

The levy in November could have meant millions of dollars; instead they started to look again at eliminating positions.

The new proposed levy would be a .2% income tax increase from 1.6% to 1.8% and generate $1.4 million. It would add seven firefighter positions and open two closed fire stations. The levy would also add seven police positions, add a third medic and combine 911 dispatch.

A person with the Chillicothe Fire Department said that if the levy passes, a person making $30,000 would pay an additional $60 a year.

Chillicothe fire says the lack of numbers are impacting their response time.

“Right now we are 10-30 minutes or longer on some calls, and neighboring units are called to help us,” Fire chief Jeffrey Creed said.

It’s a similar story for the police department too.

“I’m very nervous. It’s almost like the breaking point in Chillicothe. We need manpower. It’s not a want this is a definite need,” Chief Keith Washburn said.

Some have said they’ll vote no, because they are unsure if the money will be used properly. Others are balking at voting yes because of a tax increase.

Police and fire personnel say a yes vote means more people on staff and a safer city.

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