The Suburbanite
  • Canton Township fire levy approved

  • Canton Township voters approve a 4-mill additional levy for the township’s Fire Department operations.

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  • Township officials have secured  voters’ support to upgrade the Fire Department with passage Tuesday of an additional 4-mill property tax.
    The five-year levy, approved by an unofficial vote count of 1,620 to 1,365, will generate an estimated $955,461 annually over its five-year cycle. The percentage is 54.27 for the tax and 45.73 against, according to Stark County Board of Elections unofficial vote tallies.
    A significant goal is providing full-time staff for the township Fire Department’s Meyers Lake station.
    “It currently has volunteer-type staff there,” Chief Scott McKibben said. “We will have around-the-clock staff there. We have staff at two stations. We will (have) staff at three stations after the turn of the year.”
    The property tax will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $122 a year.
    Township resident Bob Shearer voted against the tax proposal.
    “I am retired,” Shearer said while leaving a polling station. “I live on Social Security. I own farm ground. I can’t afford that when you live on Social Security.”
    An additional plan is to replace two ambulances and one engine truck.
    “It is about public safety,” Trustee William Mittas said. “That is a priority to get Meyers Lake staffed.”
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