Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in...

Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in Ohio

There are 2048 comments on the EMS1 story from Feb 1, 2013, titled Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in Ohio. In it, EMS1 reports that:

CLEARCREEK TWP., Ohio - Trustees in Clearcreek Twp. - third among 11 Warren County townships in net property taxes - disagree about asking voters for an additional 4.5-mill levy to fund fire protection and ambulance services.

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Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1267 May 2, 2013
VOTE NO

Ending Balance Funds 12/31/08

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0_emPjNYG-pW...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1268 May 2, 2013
VOTE NO

Ending Balance Funds 12/31/09

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0_emPjNYG-pc...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1269 May 2, 2013
VOTE NO

Ending Balance Funds 12/31/10

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0_emPjNYG-pM...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1270 May 2, 2013
VOTE NO

Ending Balance Funds 12/31/11

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0_emPjNYG-pV...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1271 May 2, 2013
VOTE NO

Ending Balance Funds 12/31/12
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0_emPjNYG-pW...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1272 May 3, 2013
Safer Application

Go to page 8 to discover what this is all about. "FREE" government money with hooks.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0_emPjNYG-pN...
FD Man

Cleveland, OH

#1273 May 3, 2013
Issue 3
The Clearcreek Fire District is seeking a 4.5 mill operating levy during the May 7, 2013 election. The levy appears as "Issue 3" on the ballot. This will only be the second levy in the past 26 years, and the current 10 year levy has lasted 12 years.
This levy will support the continued operation of your local fire department at current service levels. In order to keep the millage as low as possible, no additional or expanded services (such as new fire stations or positions) are proposed through this levy.
The Clearcreek Fire District is currently operating on funding from a 2001 tax levy. In 2001, the department served approximately 21,017 people and responded to 1,584 emergencies.
Today, the department serves approximately 30,265 people, which is an increase of 44% from 2001. Crews responded to 2,735 emergencies in 2012, up 73% from 2001 counts. The fact is simple - the fire department cannot provide adequate service to a steadily growing population experiencing an increasing number of emergencies with the same funding level used in 2001.
In 2001 the Clearcreek Fire District promised not to come back to voters for additional funds for at least ten years. That promise has been kept, and as we look forward we commit to the voters not to seek additional operating funds for a period of at least eight years if this levy is approved.
FD Man

Cleveland, OH

#1274 May 3, 2013
Did You Know?
The Clearcreek Fire District provides fire response and emergency medical (ambulance) services to the citizens of Springboro and Clearcreek Township. Our coverage area is over 50 square miles and our firefighters have an average response time of 4.54 minutes.

www.YESTO3.com
FD Man

Cleveland, OH

#1275 May 3, 2013
Did You Know?
The Clearcreek Fire District employs only dual-certified firefighters and emergency medical technicians, providing the community with the most capable emergency force possible.

www.YesTo3.com

Quick Facts
The Clearcreek Fire District applied for and was awarded over $1.3 million in federal grants during 2012. These funds allowed for the purchase of necessary equipment without having to spend local tax dollars.

www.YesTo3.com
FD Man

Cleveland, OH

#1276 May 3, 2013
Keeping the Promise
The last time the Clearcreek Fire District put a levy before the voters was in 2001. At that time, we promised not to ask for additional taxes for 10 years. It's been 12 years. In that time we've delivered what was promised and more.

"Keeping the Promise" from 2001
In 2001, the Clearcreek Fire District asked for a fire levy as the City of Springboro and Clearcreek Township were in the midst of rapid population growth. The rural town was quickly changing into a booming suburban bedroom community. With that growth, the Clearcreek Fire District was expanding from a small, volunteer fire department to the fully-staffed, 24-hour a day organization the community expected. Several promises were made during the 2001 levy campaign and those promises to the community have been kept. Click here to view a brochure from the 2001 levy that shows what was promised to the community at that time.

What Was Promised in 2001 vs. What Was Delivered
Here is a breakdown of what was promised from the 2001 levy and what the Clearcreek Fire District has delivered to taxpayers:
Build and equip two new neighborhood sub stations
Station 22, at 346 E. Lytle 5 Points Road, opened in November of 2002
Station 23, at 3809 N. State Route 48, opened in January of 2003

Hire needed personnel to staff all stations
3 hired in September of 2001
3 hired in November of 2002
3 hired in November of 2003
4 hired in March of 2004

Provide four minute average response time to 90% of population
Response time goals being met through additional stations and staffing

Keep protection at adequate levels for 10 years
2001 fire levy approved on May 8, 2001
Next levy request on May 7, 2013
First funds for new levy collected in 2014, which is 13 years from last levy

Purchase two new medic units for community
Medic 21 in service in December of 2002
Medic 22 in service in July of 2006

Purchase two new fire engines for community
Engine 22 in service in December of 2002
Engine 23 in service in December of 2002

Purchase new ladder truck for community
Ladder 21 in service in December of 2001

Replace outdate Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA, or air tanks)
New SCBA and fill system in service in June of 2002

Purchase needed computer and telephone equipment
Items purchased and in service in December of 2001

www.YesTo3.com
FD Man

Cleveland, OH

#1277 May 3, 2013
Financial Responsibility - What Was Delivered Over and Above
Through the last twelve years the Clearcreek Fire District has made extensive use of grant funding to offset the cost of purchases that must be borne by local taxpayers. This grant funding, along with financial responsibility, has allowed us to accomplish even more than was promised in 2001. Here is a breakdown of some items that were provided to the community over and above "the promise":
Purchase seven (7) "LifePak 12" advanced cardiac monitors
These monitors allow all front line medic units and fire engines to deliver advanced life support care to the most critical patients

Purchase twenty (20) sets of firefighter personal protective gear
This gear allows our firefighters to safely enter a burning structure

Purchase "Knox Box" hardware for apparatus
These devices allow firefighters to quickly enter a building in the event of an emergency that occurs after-hours or when the building is unoccupied

Purchase communications equipment for apparatus
Additional radios and headsets allow firefighters to communicate effectively in an emergency and reduce the risk of hearing loss

Purchase supply and attack hoses
These hoses allow firefighters to attack a fire and supply water to the scene

Purchase hydraulic rescue equipment for apparatus
These tools allow firefighters to quickly remove accident victims that are entrapped in their vehicle

Purchase thermal imaging equipment for apparatus
These devices allow firefighters to search for victims in a fire and also to check areas such as walls and attics for hidden fires without causing damage


The Clearcreek Fire District has stretched taxpayer dollars to last over and above what was promised. We kept the promise in 2001, and we'll keep this one as well!

www.YesTo3.com
FD Man at Station

Springfield, OH

#1280 May 3, 2013
Wow FD Man must be at work--first shift huh? Shouldn't you be making coffee or polishing something.
I didn't think firefighters were supposed to blow smoke.
Is It Tuesday Yet

Springfield, OH

#1281 May 3, 2013
Soooo glad it's Friday. Only 4 more days to wait to get to the polling place and Vote NO!!!!!!!

I'm sure it won't stop the whining, but at least they won't be getting paid more to do it. More money that they don't need.

Thanks for posting all of the monthly ending balances in the Fire Dept funds. COMBINED $12 Million is a lot of surplus!!

VOTE NO!!!!
Twp resident

Cleveland, OH

#1282 May 3, 2013
Is It Tuesday Yet wrote:
Soooo glad it's Friday. Only 4 more days to wait to get to the polling place and Vote NO!!!!!!!
I'm sure it won't stop the whining, but at least they won't be getting paid more to do it. More money that they don't need.
Thanks for posting all of the monthly ending balances in the Fire Dept funds. COMBINED $12 Million is a lot of surplus!!
VOTE NO!!!!
My only regret is I have but one "NO" vote to give for the righteous cause of responsible spending!!
Factual Info

Englewood, OH

#1283 May 3, 2013
Please point your browser to the most recent report of Dave Yost, the Auditor of the State of Ohio, for the year ended December 31, 2011:

http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/auditsearch/Re...

Scroll down to Page 9 of the report. Here you will find a sheet entitled "COMBINED STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS, DISBURSEMENTS AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES (CASH BASIS) ALL GOVERNMENTAL FUND TYPES FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011".

Note here that the fire department is lumped with the police department into a category called "Public Safety". Since the fire department is funded through a special levy dedicated strictly to fire protection, their funds are listed in the "Special Revenue" section. The same is true for the police department. Details on this from the auditor can be found on pages 7 and 8.

The police and fire departments collectively brought in $6,642,350 in property taxes during 2011. Collectively, their expenses were $7,512,739 that year. That means that collectively, the police and fire departments operated with a deficit of $870,389.

Now, some have claimed that the township has a $12 million surplus. Let's look at that a little deeper. At the bottom of page 9 you will see a line called "Fund Cash Balances, January 1". The balance for the general fund and special revenue funds together is listed as $12,004,196. Read on...

On the next line down, this balance is broken down. In the line called "Fund Cash Balances, December 31" you see three sub-lines. The first is "Restricted" with a balance of $11,540,777. These are funds that are restricted from discretionary use. An example would be the "Motor Vehicle License Tax" or the "Gasoline Tax" that is collected by the state and provided to the township. These funds are restricted to use for road improvement projects. Let's say it costs $1 million to repave Pekin Road. The township collects about $200,000 in restricted revenue for road improvements every year. Those funds accumulate in the restricted fund balance for five years, then the road is repaved. If you look at an audit on year four it is going to show a balance of $800,000 however those funds can be used for no other purpose but for road improvement projects.

The second line in this section is called "Committed" and has a balance of $30,140. These were the funds, at that snapshot in time, that had been requisitioned to pay bills but for which the actual bills had not been received and paid yet. The final line is called "Unassigned" and has a balance of $1,174,017. This fund is basically the township's savings reserve. If 100% of the general fund savings were directed toward filling the public safety deficit it would only allow for another fifteen and a half months of operation.

VOTE YES ON 3 to ensure the fire department has the resources necessary to keep our community safe.
Hey FD Man

Cincinnati, OH

#1284 May 3, 2013
FD Man wrote:
Did You Know?
The Clearcreek Fire District provides fire response and emergency medical (ambulance) services to the citizens of Springboro and Clearcreek Township. Our coverage area is over 50 square miles and our firefighters have an average response time of 4.54 minutes.
www.YESTO3.com
Did You Know:

CLEARCREEK TWP., Ohio - Trustees in Clearcreek Twp.- third among 11 Warren County townships in net property taxes - disagree about asking voters for an additional 4.5-mill levy to fund fire protection and ambulance services.

Did You Know:

This $,4,439,000 levy request INCREASES fire levy taxes 93%...

And now Mr. Kidd is asking taxpayers for "our help" to say yes to Clearcreek Twp. becoming NUMBER ONE township paying the HIGHEST Taxes?

Did You Know:

The time has come to tell Mr. Kidd No Way In May should taxpayers vote ourselves Number One Township in highest taxes!

Just Vote NO on May 7th!
Gobbledygook Bureaucrat

Springfield, OH

#1285 May 3, 2013
Factual Info wrote:
Please point your browser to the most recent report of Dave Yost, Blah, Blah, Blah, December 31 Blah, Blah, Blah you see three sub-lines. The first is "Restricted" with a balance of $11,540,777. These are funds that are restricted from funds accumulate in the restricted fund balance for five fifteen and a half months of operation Blah, Blah, Blah ....
And if you scroll a little more in the report, you will see $12 Million sitting in a 5th Third Bank Security Account. It is real money sitting in a real bank because taxpayers put it there, clearly paying too much in taxes over the years.
VOTE NO!!!!
Just the Facts

Cincinnati, OH

#1286 May 3, 2013
Factual Info wrote:
Please point your browser to the most recent report of Dave Yost, the Auditor of the State of Ohio, for the year ended December 31, 2011:
http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/auditsearch/Re...
Scroll down to Page 9 of the report. Here you will find a sheet entitled "COMBINED STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS, DISBURSEMENTS AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCES (CASH BASIS) ALL GOVERNMENTAL FUND TYPES FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2011".
Note here that the fire department is lumped with the police department into a category called "Public Safety". Since the fire department is funded through a special levy dedicated strictly to fire protection, their funds are listed in the "Special Revenue" section. The same is true for the police department. Details on this from the auditor can be found on pages 7 and 8.
The police and fire departments collectively brought in $6,642,350 in property taxes during 2011. Collectively, their expenses were $7,512,739 that year. That means that collectively, the police and fire departments operated with a deficit of $870,389.
Now, some have claimed that the township has a $12 million surplus. Let's look at that a little deeper. At the bottom of page 9 you will see a line called "Fund Cash Balances, January 1". The balance for the general fund and special revenue funds together is listed as $12,004,196. Read on...
On the next line down, this balance is broken down. In the line called "Fund Cash Balances, December 31" you see three sub-lines. The first is "Restricted" with a balance of $11,540,777. These are funds that are restricted from discretionary use. An example would be the "Motor Vehicle License Tax" or the "Gasoline Tax" that is collected by the state and provided to the township. These funds are restricted to use for road improvement projects. Let's say it costs $1 million to repave Pekin Road. The township collects about $200,000 in restricted revenue for road improvements every year. Those funds accumulate in the restricted fund balance for five years, then the road is repaved. If you look at an audit on year four it is going to show a balance of $800,000 however those funds can be used for no other purpose but for road improvement projects.
The second line in this section is called "Committed" and has a balance of $30,140. These were the funds, at that snapshot in time, that had been requisitioned to pay bills but for which the actual bills had not been received and paid yet. The final line is called "Unassigned" and has a balance of $1,174,017. This fund is basically the township's savings reserve. If 100% of the general fund savings were directed toward filling the public safety deficit it would only allow for another fifteen and a half months of operation.
VOTE YES ON 3 to ensure the fire department has the resources necessary to keep our community safe.
The Only Facts that Taxpayers have to face is the never ending continuous stream of new levy requests from various local government entities ..... each government agency emotionally blackmailing for more dollars from already taxed to the max hard working citizens!
Enough is Enough!

The time has come for local government workers to understand that "we the people" are tough enough to live with the truth that our local government cannot solve all our problems, no matter how much we pay!
Enough is Enough!

Time to Just NO to New Taxes!

Time for government to live within its means; that means NO ADDITIONAL LEVY IS NEEDED for our public safety workers (and our public school teachers) to be successful performing their duties "on the job" serving the public!

Time to Just VOTE NO on May 7th!
Twenty Twenty Vision

Cincinnati, OH

#1287 May 3, 2013
Gobbledygook Bureaucrat wrote:
<quoted text>
And if you scroll a little more in the report, you will see $12 Million sitting in a 5th Third Bank Security Account. It is real money sitting in a real bank because taxpayers put it there, clearly paying too much in taxes over the years.
VOTE NO!!!!
Thank You! Local taxpayers can clearly see there is NO ADDITIONAL LEVY needed at this time!

Spread the good news of taxpayers success! Why waste our money by voting for an unnecessary Tax increase on our family homes?

Enough money is currently being generated, by the continuing levy
that is forever, to provide quality public safety services to our Township/Boro citizens!

Why be deceived by Mr. Kidd's tunnel vision of helping himself to more of our hard-earned money?

Clearly, the time has come on May 7th to ....

JUST VOTE NO!
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#1288 May 3, 2013
FD Man wrote:
Did You Know?
The Clearcreek Fire District provides fire response and emergency medical (ambulance) services to the citizens of Springboro and Clearcreek Township. Our coverage area is over 50 square miles and our firefighters have an average response time of 4.54 minutes.
www.YESTO3.com
Did you know that our township has not grown one square inch since 2001?

Still does not mean you need new money, interesting factoid however.

Vote NO on Issue 3

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