Since 1978 Avon Lake voters have been approving the levy that supports the ambulance and emergency medical care service that is part of the city's Fire Department and we see no reason for them to stop now.
That latest incarnation of the 2-mill levy, which appears as Issue 14 on the ballot, is a renewal and will cost taxpayers no additional money. It will continue to generate $1.6 million annually for the next three years.
Avon Lake Fire Chief Chris Huerner told us that the levy accounts for almost half of the department's roughly $3 million annual budget and pays the salaries of eight of the department's 25 shift members and a secretary. The rest of the department, including the chief and two assistant chiefs, is paid for from the city's general fund.
Huerner said beyond staffing, the levy covers equipment, training and other expenses at the department.
"It's pretty much vital to the department," he said.
Without the levy, he cautioned, drastic cuts would be necessary in the ambulance services the city offers.
At a cost of $56.98 per year to the owner of a home valued at $100,000, the levy is a worthwhile investment in the safety of residents. Voters should renew Issue 14.