Ambulance, fire levy sparks debate in Ohio

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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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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.

HELP US STOP MR. KIDD FROM MAKING CLEARCREEK TWP. NUMBER ONE IN HIGHEST TAXES!
JUST VOTE NO ON MAY 7!

2 NEWS called the Warren County Auditor to find out about the tax burden in Clearcreek Township compared to the county's other townships.

The numbers show that Clearcreek is in the top half of county in property taxes already at $325.85 per $100,000 dollars of home value. If the new fire levy passes it will jump to number one at $463.66.

The time has come to strengthen ourselves against our local public safety workers threats of "endangering our families" IF we do not cave in to Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for dollars that are not for NEED, but just for GREED!

Please Help Us Help You STOP Mr. Kidd from making Cleercreek Township Number One in Highest Taxes!

Time has come on May 7th to go to the polls and
JUST VOTE NO!
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Local citizens cannot afford to CAVE in to Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for MORE dollars!

How GREEDY is this to propose this huge tax increase!

$463.66 for $100,000 dollars of home value for
fire/ambulance services is proof that Mr. Kidd is totally "out of touch" with this say yes
to 3 "issue of greed, NOT need."

VOTE NO!
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For victims of cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association recommends that paramedics arrive on scene and provide life saving defibrillation within five minutes for the best chance of survival. Irreversible tissue damage to the heart and brain occur in six minutes. If response times increase, the chance of successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest will certainly decrease. Quick response times are priceless.

An increased response time could also allow minor fires to grow out of control. The typical house fire doubles in size every minute as it grows. The Clearcreek Fire District's current response times allow crews to bring many fires under control during their early stages. Quick response times are priceless.

The HEALTHY CHOICE is to Vote YES on 3.

Learn the FACTS: www.yesto3.com

You cannot put a price on Safety!

Do not gamble with you or your family’s health and safety ! Those who gamble almost always lose more than they win and often they hurt those closest to them in the process.

Vote as if your life depended on it!

Vote YES TO 3 on May 7th
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Facts are Facts wrote:
For victims of cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association recommends that paramedics arrive on scene and provide life saving defibrillation within five minutes for the best chance of survival. Irreversible tissue damage to the heart and brain occur in six minutes. If response times increase, the chance of successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest will certainly decrease. Quick response times are priceless.
An increased response time could also allow minor fires to grow out of control. The typical house fire doubles in size every minute as it grows. The Clearcreek Fire District's current response times allow crews to bring many fires under control during their early stages. Quick response times are priceless.
The HEALTHY CHOICE is to Vote YES on 3.
Learn the FACTS: www.yesto3.com
You cannot put a price on Safety!
Do not gamble with you or your family’s health and safety ! Those who gamble almost always lose more than they win and often they hurt those closest to them in the process.
Vote as if your life depended on it!
Vote YES TO 3 on May 7th
You Cannot Put a Price on Safety....?
Then why is Mr. Kidd threatening to "endanger" our safety IF we don't agree with his greedy PRICE?

Taxpaying voters are already generating enough money with the continuing 2001 levy (which never ends) for the CCFD to do their job. Taxpayers are NOT taking a gamble saying NO; but neither are we gullible enough to CAVE in to MR. Kidd's mean-spirited threats. No additional levy is needed!

The time has come on May 7th to tell Mr. Kidd, Thank You, but
taxpayers cannot be intimidated and scared into voting to give the CCFD more of our hard-earned money; just so CCFD employees can have more job security, with increased wages and benefits!

REMEMBER - This Additional May 7 LEVY Is a "SURE THING!"
It is forever; and then in just eight years, Mr. Kidd "promises" to come back for MORE!

Just Vote No!
Responsible Choice of NO

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Facts are Facts wrote:
For victims of cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association recommends that paramedics arrive on scene and provide life saving defibrillation within five minutes for the best chance of survival. Irreversible tissue damage to the heart and brain occur in six minutes. If response times increase, the chance of successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest will certainly decrease. Quick response times are priceless.
An increased response time could also allow minor fires to grow out of control. The typical house fire doubles in size every minute as it grows. The Clearcreek Fire District's current response times allow crews to bring many fires under control during their early stages. Quick response times are priceless.
The HEALTHY CHOICE is to Vote YES on 3.
Learn the FACTS: www.yesto3.com
You cannot put a price on Safety!
Do not gamble with you or your family’s health and safety ! Those who gamble almost always lose more than they win and often they hurt those closest to them in the process.
Vote as if your life depended on it!
Vote YES TO 3 on May 7th
How Silly Are Your Scare Tactics campaigning for
self-interest GREED, NOT NEED to help others!

This Yes on 3 hostile campaign of Mr. Kidd and our CCFD proves that a local government AGAINST its own citizens is the greatest danger to our families and our children's future!

The time has come on May 7 to VOTE NO,
to send a clear message to Mr. Kidd that good citizens exercising our rights to vote will not CAVE in to this emotional blackmailing of citizens, so that the CCFD employees can have MORE of our money than needed.

Financial records PROVE and are Verified by the Warren County Auditor's office that Clearcreek Township has a $12,000,000 plus Fund Cash Balance and that is Enough money to provide needed
fire/ambulance services to our citizens.

After this May 7 levy fails, our Springboro/Township citizens should call for Mr. Kidd to hold a public meeting so that this
"new level of service" can be explained.

There are many "cuts" that can easily be made that will not affect the quality of public safety services to citizens. We all need a seat at the table with Mr. Kidd providing transparency in our budget; so that the CCFD is held accountable for using our money to budget for priorities in public safety; and NOT priority of job security and increased wages and benefits for self-interest public safety employees.

Please Help Us Help You....
Stop Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for MORE money than is actually needed for fire/ambulance services.

Spread the good news! No Additional Levy Is Needed At This Time!
Now is the time to go to the polls on May 7th and

JUST VOTE NO!
Responsibile Choice of NO

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Stop Emotional Blackmail wrote:
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.
HELP US STOP MR. KIDD FROM MAKING CLEARCREEK TWP. NUMBER ONE IN HIGHEST TAXES!
JUST VOTE NO ON MAY 7!
2 NEWS called the Warren County Auditor to find out about the tax burden in Clearcreek Township compared to the county's other townships.
The numbers show that Clearcreek is in the top half of county in property taxes already at $325.85 per $100,000 dollars of home value. If the new fire levy passes it will jump to number one at $463.66.
The time has come to strengthen ourselves against our local public safety workers threats of "endangering our families" IF we do not cave in to Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for dollars that are not for NEED, but just for GREED!
Please Help Us Help You STOP Mr. Kidd from making Cleercreek Township Number One in Highest Taxes!
Time has come on May 7th to go to the polls and
JUST VOTE NO!
Clearly the responsible VOTE is NO to Issue 3 on May 7.

Now is the time to help us STOP Mr. Kidd from making Clearcreek Township Number One in Higher Taxes and Local Government GREED!

No Additional Levy is Needed at This Time!

Just Say No to Issue 3 GREED!
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Facts are Facts wrote:
For victims of cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association recommends that paramedics arrive on scene and provide life saving defibrillation within five minutes for the best chance of survival. Irreversible tissue damage to the heart and brain occur in six minutes. If response times increase, the chance of successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest will certainly decrease. Quick response times are priceless.
An increased response time could also allow minor fires to grow out of control. The typical house fire doubles in size every minute as it grows. The Clearcreek Fire District's current response times allow crews to bring many fires under control during their early stages. Quick response times are priceless.
The HEALTHY CHOICE is to Vote YES on 3.
Learn the FACTS: www.yesto3.com
You cannot put a price on Safety!
Do not gamble with you or your family’s health and safety ! Those who gamble almost always lose more than they win and often they hurt those closest to them in the process.
Vote as if your life depended on it!
Vote YES TO 3 on May 7th
According to the annual report for 2012 as reported by the fire department, after the hiring of 12 full time employees via the federal grant program SAFER, our response times actually INCREASED.

INCREASED after the addition of 12 full time employees, I would have expected a reverse reaction in regards to response times.

2010........5 minutes 25 seconds RESPONSE TIME
2010........2795 calls for service by fire department

After the hiring of 12 full time employees through SAFER program

2012........5 minutes 35 seconds RESPONSE TIME
2010........2735 calls for service by fire department

Apparently spending a million dollars more per year does not guarantee better performance.

Vote NO on Issue 3
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I am still to see the first person refute the numbers Ms Oda provided with an alternate set and interpretation. Or than a few saying that is not right, the opposition seems to have completely ignored the opportunity to demonstrate the veracity of its position.

That is the essence of the argument, no plausible fact based refutation of Ms. Oda's document regarding the fund balance increases year after year after year.

That seals the deal, NO, we have surpluses that could support us for nearly two years without another dime of levy money.

Fund..........2008..........20 09..........2010..........2011 ..........2012
Fire..........6,484,996....6,5 52,589...6,850,299...6,692,969 ...7,413,186
Police........2,280,119....2,2 19,504...2,262,053...2,620,436 ...3,091,206
Ambulnce..749,103.......859,99 7.....1,029,011....1,214,472.. .1,043,064
General......1,007,123....919, 603.....982,624.......1.124.99 6...1,011,082
All Other.....1,224,763...1,721,95 8...996,804......1,226,120.... 1,343,007
TOTAL.......11,745,106..12,273 ,651..12,123,011..12,881,004.. 13,901,544

These were the Clearcreek Township Year End Fund Balances provided by Linda Oda, the township financial officer

They have a huge surplus now.

Vote No on Issue 3, bloat, emotional blackmail, and threats to our safety.
Just The Facts Maam

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No one has refuted the skewed data? Allow me....

I recognize I don't have the expertise on these issues, but the Auditor of State sure does. As Auditor of State Dave Yost wrote, "We noted the following significant audit adjustments and/or reclassifications that were required to be made to the financial statements".

Take a look at the entire report:

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

And I quote:

"While AOS (Auditor of State) does not legally require your government to prepare financial statements pursuant to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the AICPA interpretation requires auditors to formally acknowledge that you did not prepare your financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Our Report includes an adverse opinion relating to GAAP presentation and measurement requirements."

The report goes on to say:

"In our opinion, because of the effects of the matter discussed in the preceding two paragraphs, the financial statement referred to above for the year ended December 31, 2011 does not present fairly, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, the financial position of the Township as of December 31, 2011, or its changes in financial position for the year then ended".

Then they detail some of her mistakes:

"We noted the following significant audit adjustments and/or reclassifications that were required to be made to the financial statements:

The Township recorded the principal and interest payments totaling $100,510 to the capital outlay line item in the General Fund and was reclassified to the principal and interest line item;

A Safety Hazardous Grant in the amount of $4,068 was incorrectly posted to the wrong line item (fines, licenses and permits) and was reclassified to the intergovernmental line item in the Fire Levy Fund;

Grant receipts totaling $18,547 for the FEMA Fund were incorrectly posted to the intergovernmental line item in the SAFER Fund instead of posting the receipts to the intergovernmental line item in the FEMA Fund. An audit adjustment was made to properly record these receipts.

Bank fees totaling $19,266 were never posted to the system which caused the General Fund balance to be overstated.

A grant receipt for $498 was posted to the Charges for Services line item in the Emergency Medical Services Fund (EMS) Fund instead of the FEMA Fund.

Federal expenditures totaling $60,688 were posted to the Fire District Fund instead of the FEMA Fund.

An EFT for $1,330 was recorded in the SAFER Fund, however the EFT was not processed by the bank. A receipt was posted to the intergovernmental line item and a check was posted to the SAFER Fund for the amount that was previously recorded which caused the receipts and disbursements to be overstated."

Now for the best part:

"We recommend that the Fiscal Officer take due care in posting receipts to the proper funds and line items".

Can you trust anything??
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Just The Facts Maam wrote:
No one has refuted the skewed data? Allow me....
I recognize I don't have the expertise on these issues, but the Auditor of State sure does. As Auditor of State Dave Yost wrote, "We noted the following significant audit adjustments and/or reclassifications that were required to be made to the financial statements".
Take a look at the entire report:
http://www.auditor.state.oh.us/auditsearch/Re...
And I quote:
"While AOS (Auditor of State) does not legally require your government to prepare financial statements pursuant to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the AICPA interpretation requires auditors to formally acknowledge that you did not prepare your financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Our Report includes an adverse opinion relating to GAAP presentation and measurement requirements."
The report goes on to say:
"In our opinion, because of the effects of the matter discussed in the preceding two paragraphs, the financial statement referred to above for the year ended December 31, 2011 does not present fairly, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, the financial position of the Township as of December 31, 2011, or its changes in financial position for the year then ended".
Then they detail some of her mistakes:
"We noted the following significant audit adjustments and/or reclassifications that were required to be made to the financial statements:
The Township recorded the principal and interest payments totaling $100,510 to the capital outlay line item in the General Fund and was reclassified to the principal and interest line item;
A Safety Hazardous Grant in the amount of $4,068 was incorrectly posted to the wrong line item (fines, licenses and permits) and was reclassified to the intergovernmental line item in the Fire Levy Fund;
Grant receipts totaling $18,547 for the FEMA Fund were incorrectly posted to the intergovernmental line item in the SAFER Fund instead of posting the receipts to the intergovernmental line item in the FEMA Fund. An audit adjustment was made to properly record these receipts.
Bank fees totaling $19,266 were never posted to the system which caused the General Fund balance to be overstated.
A grant receipt for $498 was posted to the Charges for Services line item in the Emergency Medical Services Fund (EMS) Fund instead of the FEMA Fund.
Federal expenditures totaling $60,688 were posted to the Fire District Fund instead of the FEMA Fund.
An EFT for $1,330 was recorded in the SAFER Fund, however the EFT was not processed by the bank. A receipt was posted to the intergovernmental line item and a check was posted to the SAFER Fund for the amount that was previously recorded which caused the receipts and disbursements to be overstated."
Now for the best part:
"We recommend that the Fiscal Officer take due care in posting receipts to the proper funds and line items".
Can you trust anything??
You're 100% correct!
We know by thier IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING we can't trust Pickett & Kidd with managing an additional $4.5 million in much the same manner as an elephant couldn't be trusted guarding a bag of peanuts!
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So who is behind the "Citizens For Responsible Spending"? Let me enlighten you. It's a gentleman known as "No Tax Jack"...Jack Chrisman.

Now, according to his website, Jack stands for these things:

No more new taxes
No impact fees
Rewarding our residents for improving their property by giving one-time tax credits, not increasing their taxes
Easing the burden on our senior citizens with an automatic reduction in their real estate taxes
Rewarding veterans for their service to our country with free license plates on their primary vehicle

That's right folks. No new taxes. Ever. For any reason. He's even got a slogan for himself to make it sound appealing - "No Tax Jack". Oh, and free license plates for himself.

The problem is, he's against any taxes for any reason. Sounds crazy? That's because it is. Taxation provides the funding stream for many essential public services.

It makes sure that your child receives a good education. It makes sure that an ambulance arrives quickly when a loved one is having a heart attack. It makes sure the roads are in good repair and plowed in the winter so you can reach your destination safely. It provides police officers to respond to your home when you need protection from danger.

It is a normal part of our society, and has been for decades, to collectively fund things like those listed above. We all pay a small portion of the cost knowing that we may or may not need the service. If we do need it, the price will not be an issue. If you need any one of these critical public services, especially public safety, most would give anything to save their lives or their home in those times.

Fortunately, many never need these emergency services. The routine things like paved roadways and crime prevention go unnoticed after a while. After a while, some begin to take these things for granted.

It seems that's the case with our friend Jack Chrisman.

Jack enjoys the same protection and public goods that you and I enjoy, but he doesn't feel that he should be obligated to pay for them. Instead, he'd rather leave you and I to pick up the tab.

Interesting, wouldn't you say, for a guy that owns a house valued at almost a half a million dollars? That's right...and that's only one of his seven properties he owns according to the Warren County Auditor.

The interesting part though, is that most of Chrisman's properties are taxed as "farms", which means he is paying pennies on the dollar compared to what you and I pay.

And now he's coming out attacking our public safety responders by littering our neighborhoods with anti-tax propaganda.

Pretty hypocritical, wouldn't you say?

So next time something from the "Citizens For Responsible Spending" is carelessly chucked at the end of your driveway like it was mine, take a minute to learn about the guy behind this operation.

I don't know anything much about this fire levy one way or the other, but I can tell you that I know a hypocrite when I see one. My friends, Jack Chrisman is the definition of a hypocrite!
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skippy wrote:
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You're 100% correct!
We know by thier IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING we can't trust Pickett & Kidd with managing an additional $4.5 million in much the same manner as an elephant couldn't be trusted guarding a bag of peanuts!
Totally Agree! This emotional blackmailing of "help us help you" being launched against citizens, by Mr. Kidd and the CCFD, is PROOF that "we the people" need to protect ourselvs from local government greed and inefficient management of OUR money!

Who among us hardworking taxpayers care WHICH ONE of the township government leaders is the MOST inefficient? The truth is we cannot afford to invest more of OUR money in paying for public safety services, when there is so much PROOF that No Additonal Levy is Needed at this Time!

Isn't the FACT that No Additional Levy is Needed at This Time enough PROOF to Just tell Mr. Kidd and the CCFD "No Way In May" will we agree to pay MORE!

The time has come to JUST VOTE NO on May 7th.

Spread the good news to good neighbors everywhere! No Additional Levy is Needed! VOTE NO!
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Stop Emotional Blackmail wrote:
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.
HELP US STOP MR. KIDD FROM MAKING CLEARCREEK TWP. NUMBER ONE IN HIGHEST TAXES!
JUST VOTE NO ON MAY 7!
2 NEWS called the Warren County Auditor to find out about the tax burden in Clearcreek Township compared to the county's other townships.
The numbers show that Clearcreek is in the top half of county in property taxes already at $325.85 per $100,000 dollars of home value. If the new fire levy passes it will jump to number one at $463.66.
The time has come to strengthen ourselves against our local public safety workers threats of "endangering our families" IF we do not cave in to Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for dollars that are not for NEED, but just for GREED!
Please Help Us Help You STOP Mr. Kidd from making Cleercreek Township Number One in Highest Taxes!
Time has come on May 7th to go to the polls and
JUST VOTE NO!
Let's Stay Focused on the Real Issue!

This $4,439,000 levy request INCREASES fire levy taxes 93%
and this is verified by Warren County Auditor's office.

The numbers show that Clearcreek is in the top half of county in property taxes already at $325.85 per $100,000 dollars of home value. If the new fire levy passes it will jump to number one at $463.66.

If the new fire levy passes it will last FOREVER and Mr. Kidd promises to come back in just eight years to ask for MORE!

Taxpayers cannot afford to say yes to more taxes!

The time has come on May 7 to Stay Focused on keeping our family homes and our community both SAFE and AFFORDABLE!
We can have it all IF we don't CAVE in to Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing! Stand Strong! Just VOTE NO on May 7th!
No Additional Levy Needed

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Stop Emotional Blackmail wrote:
Local citizens cannot afford to CAVE in to Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for MORE dollars!
How GREEDY is this to propose this huge tax increase!
$463.66 for $100,000 dollars of home value for
fire/ambulance services is proof that Mr. Kidd is totally "out of touch" with this say yes
to 3 "issue of greed, NOT need."
VOTE NO!
This Yes on 3 hostile campaign of Mr. Kidd and our CCFD proves that a local government AGAINST its own citizens is the greatest danger to our families and our children's future!

The time has come on May 7 to VOTE NO,
to send a clear message to Mr. Kidd that good citizens exercising our rights to vote will not CAVE in to this emotional blackmailing of citizens, so that the CCFD employees can have MORE of our money than needed.

Financial records PROVE and are Verified by the Warren County Auditor's office that Clearcreek Township has a $12,000,000 plus Fund Cash Balance and that is Enough money to provide needed
fire/ambulance services to our citizens.

After this May 7 levy fails, our Springboro/Township citizens should call for Mr. Kidd to hold a public meeting so that this
"new level of service" can be explained.

There are many "cuts" that can easily be made that will not affect the quality of public safety services to citizens. We all need a seat at the table with Mr. Kidd providing transparency in our budget; so that the CCFD is held accountable for using our money to budget for priorities in public safety; and NOT priority of job security and increased wages and benefits for self-interest public safety employees.

Please Help Us Help You....
Stop Mr. Kidd's emotional blackmailing for MORE money than is actually needed for fire/ambulance services.

Spread the good news! No Additional Levy Is Needed At This Time!
Now is the time to go to the polls on May 7th and

JUST VOTE NO!
The Truth

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The TRUTH is that our fire department relies on the community as much as we rely on them.

The TRUTH is that our fire department has been responsible with public funds, making a 10 year levy last 12 years.

The TRUTH is that our fire department has only asked taxpayers for two levies in the last 26 years.

The TRUTH is that federal grants have been obtained to offset the local costs for over $2.5 million in necessary equipment.

The TRUTH is that the fire department annual budget is less than most comparable departments in this region.

The TRUTH is that the fire department protects a larger area for less budget dollars than comparable local fire departments.

The TRUTH is that the fire department is responding to over 73% more emergencies today than were handled when the last levy was passed.

The TRUTH is that the number of residents served by the fire district has increased by 44% since the last levy was passed.

The TRUTH is that level of funding available to the fire district has remained static at $4.4 million since 2001.

The TRUTH is that firefighter positions have been left vacant to save funds, prolonging the need for a levy as long as possible.

The TRUTH is that the fire department has worked extensively to contain costs, not just because of the economic situation but as a standard practice.

The TRUTH is that our firefighters are hard working, deeply committed individuals.

The TRUTH is that our fire department's ability to handle emergencies plays a significant role in our homeowner's insurance rates.

The TRUTH is that current response times, maintained with the levy, allow paramedics to treat critical patients before irreversible brain damage occurs.

The TRUTH is that emergencies sometimes occur at the same time, requiring more than one unit to meet the demand. These simultaneous incidents have increased over 300% since the last levy was passed.

The TRUTH is that if the levy is rejected by voters it will lead to increased response times, decreased ability to handle emergencies, the closure of Station 23, a reduction in staffing, and the potential for increased insurance premiums for residents.

The TRUTH is that without Issue 3, there will be no staffing for two ambulances, one engine, and the ladder truck.

The TRUTH is the fire levy will only cost a property owner 38 cents a day, or $137.81 per year, in taxes per $100,000 in property value. You can find out exactly how much the levy will cost you at http://yesto3.com/levycost.html .

The TRUTH is that the fire department has an expense budget of $6.4 million per year, but only brings in $4.4 million. This leaves a deficit of almost $2 million per year, which is obviously not sustainable.

The TRUTH is that over 100 of your neighbors, parents, grandparents, coaches, pastors, business owners, elected officials, and many others have publicly endorsed the levy. See http://yesto3.com/endorsements.html for the complete list.

The TRUTH is that our fire department needs our support to continue the excellent service we receive from them.

The TRUTH is that your vote counts, and you have an opportunity to step up and help those that help us when we need it most - when it is our family in harms way.

VOTE YES ON 3!

www.yesto3.com
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Thank You, Mr. Chrisman, for being a good neighbor and caring enough about your neighbors (and community members that you don't even know) to send out good news in the mail!

Thank You, for spreading the good news that Township/Springboro taxpayers are SUCCESSFUL in generating ENOUGH revenue for our CCFD employees to be SUCCESSFUL at their jobs!

Thank You, for educating voters that this $4,439,000 levy request INCREASES fire levy taxes 93%, and IF it passes, This huge Tax Increase on
our family homes will last FOREVER!

Most average citizens could NEVER have dug into this ISSUE of public records/financial accounts and REVEALED to the public the Real Truth that No Additional Levy is Needed at this time!

You are a Good Neighbor, Mr. Chrisman, who serves our Country and our Community with Responsible Pride! We will display our great American flag at our house in support of good neighbors like you!
Responsible Choice of NO

Piqua, OH

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Just Watching wrote:
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According to the annual report for 2012 as reported by the fire department, after the hiring of 12 full time employees via the federal grant program SAFER, our response times actually INCREASED.
INCREASED after the addition of 12 full time employees, I would have expected a reverse reaction in regards to response times.
2010........5 minutes 25 seconds RESPONSE TIME
2010........2795 calls for service by fire department
After the hiring of 12 full time employees through SAFER program
2012........5 minutes 35 seconds RESPONSE TIME
2010........2735 calls for service by fire department
Apparently spending a million dollars more per year does not guarantee better performance.
Vote NO on Issue 3
Thank You for Helping Voters Clearly See...

The Time Has Come on May 7th .....

To Just Say NO WAY IN MAY to Issue 3!

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Springboro, OH

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We Love Good Neighbors wrote:
You are a Good Neighbor, Mr. Chrisman, who serves our Country and our Community with Responsible Pride! We will display our great American flag at our house in support of good neighbors like you!
Holy crap its even getting deep for me around here!
Resident and Tax Payer

Loveland, OH

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So who is behind the "Citizens For Responsible Spending"? Let me enlighten you. It's a gentleman known as "No Tax Jack"...Jack Chrisman.
Now, according to his website, Jack stands for these things:
No more new taxes
No impact fees
Rewarding our residents for improving their property by giving one-time tax credits, not increasing their taxes
Easing the burden on our senior citizens with an automatic reduction in their real estate taxes
Rewarding veterans for their service to our country with free license plates on their primary vehicle
That's right folks. No new taxes. Ever. For any reason. He's even got a slogan for himself to make it sound appealing - "No Tax Jack". Oh, and free license plates for himself.
The problem is, he's against any taxes for any reason. Sounds crazy? That's because it is. Taxation provides the funding stream for many essential public services.
It makes sure that your child receives a good education. It makes sure that an ambulance arrives quickly when a loved one is having a heart attack. It makes sure the roads are in good repair and plowed in the winter so you can reach your destination safely. It provides police officers to respond to your home when you need protection from danger.
It is a normal part of our society, and has been for decades, to collectively fund things like those listed above. We all pay a small portion of the cost knowing that we may or may not need the service. If we do need it, the price will not be an issue. If you need any one of these critical public services, especially public safety, most would give anything to save their lives or their home in those times.
Fortunately, many never need these emergency services. The routine things like paved roadways and crime prevention go unnoticed after a while. After a while, some begin to take these things for granted.
It seems that's the case with our friend Jack Chrisman.
Jack enjoys the same protection and public goods that you and I enjoy, but he doesn't feel that he should be obligated to pay for them. Instead, he'd rather leave you and I to pick up the tab.
Interesting, wouldn't you say, for a guy that owns a house valued at almost a half a million dollars? That's right...and that's only one of his seven properties he owns according to the Warren County Auditor.
The interesting part though, is that most of Chrisman's properties are taxed as "farms", which means he is paying pennies on the dollar compared to what you and I pay.
And now he's coming out attacking our public safety responders by littering our neighborhoods with anti-tax propaganda.
Pretty hypocritical, wouldn't you say?
So next time something from the "Citizens For Responsible Spending" is carelessly chucked at the end of your driveway like it was mine, take a minute to learn about the guy behind this operation.
I don't know anything much about this fire levy one way or the other, but I can tell you that I know a hypocrite when I see one. My friends, Jack Chrisman is the definition of a hypocrite!
I also note that he retired from "Personal Real Estate Deals" in 1997 at age 59. Those must have been some huge deals.
http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/10/22/l...
Sounds like a typical dirty politician or used car salesman looking out for no one but himself. I also heard from a friend that either this guy or some of his cronies have apparently been putting the "citizens for responsible spending" propaganda Vote No flyers in the mail boxes of some of our fellow citizens; without proper US Postage on them. Last time I checked that is against federal law. Wonder what the Postmaster would have to say about that? Or maybe he is promoting free postage too to go along with the free license plates.
they saved me

Loveland, OH

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The Truth wrote:
The TRUTH is that our fire department relies on the community as much as we rely on them.
The TRUTH is that our fire department has been responsible with public funds, making a 10 year levy last 12 years.
The TRUTH is that our fire department has only asked taxpayers for two levies in the last 26 years.
The TRUTH is that federal grants have been obtained to offset the local costs for over $2.5 million in necessary equipment.
The TRUTH is that the fire department annual budget is less than most comparable departments in this region.
The TRUTH is that the fire department protects a larger area for less budget dollars than comparable local fire departments.
The TRUTH is that the fire department is responding to over 73% more emergencies today than were handled when the last levy was passed.
The TRUTH is that the number of residents served by the fire district has increased by 44% since the last levy was passed.
The TRUTH is that level of funding available to the fire district has remained static at $4.4 million since 2001.
The TRUTH is that firefighter positions have been left vacant to save funds, prolonging the need for a levy as long as possible.
The TRUTH is that the fire department has worked extensively to contain costs, not just because of the economic situation but as a standard practice.
The TRUTH is that our firefighters are hard working, deeply committed individuals.
The TRUTH is that our fire department's ability to handle emergencies plays a significant role in our homeowner's insurance rates.
The TRUTH is that current response times, maintained with the levy, allow paramedics to treat critical patients before irreversible brain damage occurs.
The TRUTH is that emergencies sometimes occur at the same time, requiring more than one unit to meet the demand. These simultaneous incidents have increased over 300% since the last levy was passed.
The TRUTH is that if the levy is rejected by voters it will lead to increased response times, decreased ability to handle emergencies, the closure of Station 23, a reduction in staffing, and the potential for increased insurance premiums for residents.
The TRUTH is that without Issue 3, there will be no staffing for two ambulances, one engine, and the ladder truck.
The TRUTH is the fire levy will only cost a property owner 38 cents a day, or $137.81 per year, in taxes per $100,000 in property value. You can find out exactly how much the levy will cost you at http://yesto3.com/levycost.html .
The TRUTH is that the fire department has an expense budget of $6.4 million per year, but only brings in $4.4 million. This leaves a deficit of almost $2 million per year, which is obviously not sustainable.
The TRUTH is that over 100 of your neighbors, parents, grandparents, coaches, pastors, business owners, elected officials, and many others have publicly endorsed the levy. See http://yesto3.com/endorsements.html for the complete list.
The TRUTH is that our fire department needs our support to continue the excellent service we receive from them.
The TRUTH is that your vote counts, and you have an opportunity to step up and help those that help us when we need it most - when it is our family in harms way.
VOTE YES ON 3!
www.yesto3.com
I will vote YES on issue 3. They literally saved my save. I am embarrassed my "good" neighbors attack our firemen and paramedics.

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