The Norton fire department is asking for voter support in order to continue their operations. There is a new 5.6 mill levy on the Nov. 3 ballot, a 1 mill increase over the previous levy passed in 2016.
Norton Fire Chief Mike Schultz stated, “It’s never a good time to ask for money, especially with the way things are going, but we don’t have a choice.”
The fire department made a post on social media Oct. 21 stating, “We are just two weeks out from Election Day. We realize you are all overwhelmed with political information, as are all of us. This is just a quick reminder that the fire levy has to be on the ballot, it is on a five year renewal cycle. Residents requested this back in 2011, they wanted no more forever levies. This levy will stop collecting at the end of 2021, which would leave the fire department with not enough money to operate. Please support your Fire/EMS on November 3rd.”
Pick up our Oct. 22 edition of The Barberton Herald to learn about some of the things the fire department has done to save taxpayer money and what the proposed increase would mean for you.
Jeff Kuykendall and Nick Dieter show equipment purchased with money provided by the fire department levy.