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WADSWORTH – While the city is looking to place a fire levy on the ballot in the near future, council has not yet decided what level of millage they will be asking voters to approve.

During a recent public safety committee meeting Safety Director Matt Hiscock said he had asked the county auditor’s office for certificates of estimates of what different millage amounts might bring in and what they would cost tax payers.

A 2.5 mill levy would bring in roughly $1.4 million a year whereas a 1.1 mill levy would bring in $657,100.

A 1.1 mill levy would cost a property owner $38.50 per year per $100,000 valuation. A levy of 1.5 mills would cost $52.50, 2 mills would cost $70, 2.3 mills would cost $80.50 and 2.5 mills would cost $87.50.

Hiscock said the city also plans to engage with Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors to develop a capital improvement plan for the fire department.

“The department maintains a vehicle acquisition plan, a strategic/improvement plan and maintains and knows what the budgets annually cost in terms of fire equipment supplies. Where we thought we could get some assistance is with the major projects on the horizon, like a fire station construction project, ladder one’s replacement and movement to a MARCS or other emergency radio system.”

Hiscock said he would present more information to the committee after meeting with advisers.

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WADSWORTH – Mayor Robin Laubaugh recently took the time to recognize some of the city’s first responders in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

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WADSWORTH – With more than half of 2019 already passed, Fire Chief Robert Lindner is reporting that this year is expected to be Wadsworth’s bu…

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NORTON – In the wake of success of the joint emergency dispatch center, the cities of Norton and Barberton are exploring one more area of cooperation.